Heat’s Kevin Love: “I Don’t Want to Retire”

American NBA player Kevin Love answers questions from reporters during a press conference in 2014
American NBA player Kevin Love answers questions from reporters during a press conference in 2014. Photo by Ezra Acayan/REX/Shutterstock (3852894i)

Five-time All-Star forward Kevin Love is not ready to walk away from professional basketball just yet. In a recent conversation with the Sun-Sentinel, Love said that he isn’t thinking about retirement at the moment.

Love re-signed on a one-year deal with the Miami Heat this past summer and currently holds a $4 million player option for the 2024-25 season. It now appears that Love intends to pick up the option and continue his basketball journey in Miami.

“I don’t want to retire,” Love told Sun-Sentine when asked about his future. “I would like to keep playing.”

However, Love realizes that the end is near for him and the older generation of NBA stars.

“I remember when I was in Year 10, or just finished Year 10, and Kevin Durant had finished Year 11,” Love added. “We were at USA Basketball in Vegas at the Wynn, and we were, ‘Damn, even if we play 20 years, we’re like both already over the hill.’ So now, in Year 16, the end is still a ways away, but certainly, you can see it a lot more than even 10 years, 12 years in, ’cause it is coming to, I guess, the last final chapters of an era where it was LeBron and KD and Steph and those type of guys.”

After successful stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love joined the Heat midway through the 2022–23 campaign and established himself as a valuable rotational piece and an important member of the locker room. During this past regular season, Love played in 55 games and averaged 8.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

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