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ESPN Says Portland Trail Blazers May Pursue Kevin Love

Portland may have a big backup plan if LaMarcus Aldridge leaves.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports has reported that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has opted out of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent in July. In that report they connect Love with the Portland Trail Blazers:

Sources tell that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Celtics are among the teams planning ‎to make a run at Love in free agency. Sources say that the Portland Trail Blazers, furthermore, are likely to pursue the former Oregon high school star in the event that LaMarcus Aldridge -- as many league executives expect -- flees the Blazers in free agency.

The report also cites an earlier Love quote saying he'd like to return to the Cavaliers.

Love has averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 32.9 minutes per game in his 7-year career with the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Aldridge has averaged 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game in 9 seasons with the Blazers.

Update: ESPN's Marc Stein reinforces/clarifies via Twitter.