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If LeBron James Leaves Cleveland, One NBA Superstar Will Reportedly Be On The Trade Block

kevin love runs onto the court during a game for the cleveland cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love runs onto the court. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

LeBron James's second go-around with the Cleveland Cavaliers may very well be over. His departure as a free agent has been widely speculated, and he hasn't done much to convince people otherwise.

Debate and speculation over where James will go is sure to dominate the entire sports landscape this summer.

If he leaves Cleveland, it probably means the departure of the Cavaliers' other all-star: forward Kevin Love. Love has been the center of plenty of trade rumors through much of his Cavs tenure.

Without LeBron, it seems certain that the team would scrap it and rebuild. It is unclear how much value he has, but Clevealnd could try for a first round pick.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst says that if James leaves the Cavs, Love is probably on the way out.

On ESPN's "The Hoop Collective" podcast, Windhorst laid out the situation. Via RealGM:

"There isn't one player on that roster who is guaranteed to be back next year," said Brian Windhorst. "I think the No. 8 pick is the most likely player (to be with the Cavaliers next season.)"

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"They start over. They fully make Kevin 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."

The future becomes very uncertain post-LeBron. We've already seen the Cavaliers try and success after his departure once, and it was a spectacular failure, even with No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving in tow for some of those seasons.

Still, scrapping everything and trying to build around the 2018 first overall pick, and whatever other draft help you can get in 2019 is probably the way to go. Love is a nice complimentary player, but he probably doesn't even get Cleveland to the playoffs on his own.