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Report: Cavs open to trading Love after LeBron's departure

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Despite recent reports that the Cavaliers' front office is intent on keeping Kevin Love, league sources told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic that Cleveland is indeed open to moving him.

With LeBron James off to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavs could trade the five-time All-Star and begin a rebuild, as their first-round pick next year is top-10 protected. If the pick lands outside the top 10, it will go to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the 2015 Kyle Korver trade.

Joe Vardon of reported Saturday that Cleveland had no intention of dealing Love even if they lost James in free agency, with one source saying: "There is no reason to go backwards."

Despite battling through injuries, Love was excellent last season, averaging 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds across 59 games. The 6-foot-10 stretch-four also shot 45.8 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from deep, and 88 percent at the free-throw line.

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