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Kevin Love hopes he can play with LeBron James for the rest of his career

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With the Cleveland Cavaliers losing in the Finals for the second straight year, there's a big possibility that their team could undergo drastic changes again ahead of next season.

LeBron James is expected to decline his $36.5 million player option and become a free agent on July 1 and his decision could prompt the Cavs to overhaul their roster.

After suffering a humiliating sweep against the Golden State Warriors, there's a real doubt about LeBron's chances of staying with his hometown team.

What the 33-year-old chooses to do in free agency could also have implications for the future of Kevin Love in Cleveland.

The power forward has been involved in trade rumours since he joined the team in 2014 but if James leaves, the chances of him being offloaded are quite high.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Cavaliers will "start over" and "fully make Love available."

"I bet they would look for a first-round pick in that trade. He's on the last year of a deal, so they don't want to take on money," he added.

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But the 29-year-old has reiterated that he wants to remain in Ohio and has no plans to depart this summer.

2018 NBA Finals - Game Four

"Anything is possible," Love said, per WKYC's Matthew Florjancic. "People have been saying that for the past four years. I knew that question would come, but I like to be here. I've always said that. Always wanted to win here."

The five-time All-Star is under contract for $24.1m next season with a player option worth $25.6m for 2019-20.

In four years with the team, he's averaged 17.1 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

2018 NBA Finals - Game Four

Love has made it clear that he wants to stay with the Cavs and he hopes that James will make the same decision so he can continue to have him as a teammate for the foreseeable future.

"It's something where I'm sure he will spend time with his family and when that time comes to make a decision, he will be in a good frame of mind," Love said.

"Obviously, I'd love to play with LeBron the rest of my career, but that will be a choice that he makes."

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LBJ is expected to hold discussions with the likes of the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers next month.

The rumours are rife about where he could be playing his basketball next year but at this stage, it's almost impossible to predict what he may decide as he'll have many options on the table.

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NBA Finals
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