Kevin Love, Tyronn Lue could face change when Finals end, too

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The lives of two prominent Cavaliers not named LeBron James might change soon after the Finals end.The Cavs trail the Warriors 3-0 and no team has ever recovered from such a deficit in the NBA playoffs. When they meet their fate, whether it’s at the end of Game 4 of the Finals Friday or whenever the next loss occurs, neither Kevin Love nor Tyronn Lue will be center stage.That stage will belong to James, who can be a free agent July 1. But if James decides to leave, the decision would obviously have huge impacts on Love and Lue — his Cavs co-star and his coach who’s never led a team without LeBron.Love will be 30 in September. He has up to two years and $50 million left on his contract, including his player’s option for 2019-20. He’s been at the center of trade discussions the past two offseasons.If James leaves and the Cavs choose to rebuild, Love would be an obvious trade candidate, given his huge salary and the team’s cap problems. Or if the team wants to retool around James rather than add on to what they have, Love is a five-time All-Star who can shoot and rebound.All of this is to say, there’s a chance Friday could be Love’s last game in Cleveland as a Cavalier.”I always wanted to be here,” Love said. “Always wanted to win here. But as you know, it’s probably going to come up. It always does. It’s also good to be wanted. But at the same time, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. We just don’t know.”Lue, 41, has three years left on his $35 million contract. He is the only coach to win a championship for the franchise, and in three seasons has guided the organization to three Finals. He’s also battled health issues all year that caused him to step away from coaching for two weeks.If Lue were to return next season (no one has said he won’t, and in fact owner Dan Gilbert tweeted support for Lue during Game 1 of the Finals) and James is gone and maybe Love, it would obviously be an entirely different job. He’d have a No. 1 pick to mold, among many other tasks … none of them the same as leading a team of stars with enormous expectations and maybe the most popular athlete on the planet.

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