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Report: The Cavs Will Keep Kevin Love If LeBron Signs With Lakers

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)

If LeBron James leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers, the franchise will take a massive hit. However, it appears they don't want to go back to square one.

A new report from Cleveland.com says the Cavs want to keep Kevin Love if James leaves, presumably for the Los Angeles Lakers. Love is still under contract for two seasons.

The goal for the Cavs, even in a post-LeBron era, would be to make the playoffs.

"There is no reason to go backwards," a source told Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.

In the four seasons James spent with the Miami Heat after leaving Cleveland in 2010, the Cavs never won more than 33 games in a single year. They missed the playoffs all four seasons.

As Vardon notes, the Cavs want to retain Jeff Green as well, and could also bring back Rodney Hood. Those two, plus Love and 2018 first-round pick Collin Sexton would form part of the roster, and then the Cavs would have to decide how they want to retool.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert reportedly may even want James to leave, so he'll have a chance to prove he can compete without the megastar.

Be careful what you wish for.