Cavaliers plan ‘not to go backwards’ if LeBron James departs in free agency. Reported by Marla Ride-in-hour. Five-time All-Star Kevin Love remains in the Cavs’ plans even if LeBron James elects to leave Cleveland when free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Love’s name has repeatedly come up in trade rumors and according to E.S.P.N., he was nearly dealt to Indiana last summer for the Pacers’ Paul George. But should James depart, the Cavs intend to remain competitive and believe Love can lead a talented roster of veterans and up-and-coming young players.