CLEVELAND — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love knows his future in Cleveland could be tied to that of LeBron James, whether the four-time league MVP stays or leaves in free agency.

But on the eve of the Cavs’ possible elimination in Friday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Love reiterated he would like to remain with the Cavs, even though his name will come up in trade rumors this summer.

"Yeah, I mean, I’d hope so. I’ve always said that. I always wanted to be here," Love said Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena. "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."

James is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July. Should he depart for the second time, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert could decide to lessen his luxury tax burden and start to rebuild, which might mean sending out Love for draft picks. But if James stays, five-time All-Star Love is the Cavs’ most tradeable asset.

The Cavs’ second-leading scorer behind James and their leading rebounder, Love posted averages of 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 59 regular-season games and is averaging 15 points and 10.3 rebounds in the playoffs. He missed 10 games with a fractured left hand and two more (including Game 7 of the East finals) with concussions.

Love’s contract carries a $24.1 million salary in 2018-19, and his option year in 201-20 would pay him $25.6 million.

Every summer since he arrived in a three-team trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves in August 2014, Love has been dangled in trade scenarios. Last year ESPN reported that Love was headed to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team deal that would have brought Indiana Pacers star Paul George to the Cavs, but Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard backed out at the last minute.

"There’s been so much overhaul and so many things that have happened this year, particularly with our team, that you just don’t know when July comes and free agency hits," Love said. "There could be something interesting that comes up for this team.

"Knowing that it’s a business, I know that’s cliché to say, ‘Take it in stride.’ But that’s just what I’ve had to do. Keep my mouth shut and go about my business and work and be ready and be prepared for this team next year."

Durant heckled

When the Warriors arrived at their hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, after Game 3, Kevin Durant was heckled by Cavs fans. In footage posted on TMZ.com, Durant appeared to take it well until one man disrespected his college, the University of Texas, saying, "K.D., UT’s butt." A Warriors staffer restrained Durant as he walked toward the man.

"I don’t think it’s crossing a line because, I mean, whoever is screaming and heckling at grown men even after the game, I think that’s just pure ignorance. That’s just who they are at that point. So I get it," Durant said.

"I just kept hearing somebody saying, ‘K.D., K.D.,’ and I didn’t hear what they said after that. I just wanted to know what they said. I wasn’t going to do anything. I just wanted to hear what they were talking about."

Fixing his ankle

When James sprained his right ankle in the second quarter of Game 3, a television camera caught him seemingly putting it back into place before he tied his shoe tighter. It was the same leg/ankle teammate Larry Nance Jr. hit in Game 6 of the East finals against the Boston Celtics.

Asked about fixing the ankle, James said, laughing, "I don’t ... I’m a little weird. That’s all. Just a little weird."

Losing MVP?

Stephen Curry and Durant seemed to be battling for the honor of Finals MVP, Curry seeking his first, Durant his second (2017). But it is possible James could become only the second Finals MVP from a losing team, joining the first winner, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jerry West in 1969.

"I’m sure LeBron wouldn’t accept that," Durant said. "I mean, he’s a winner. He’s a winner. I don’t look at him as a guy that would be OK with that. But I don’t know. I don’t even know how to answer that one."

Cavs in 7

A year ago, with the Cavs down 3-0 to the Warriors in the Finals, a tweet appeared on J.R. Smith’s feed that said, "Cavs in 7," but Smith claimed his Twitter account had been hacked. The Cavs lost the series in five games.

Asked if he was relieved it didn’t pop up on his account Wednesday night, Smith said, "No, I was about to do it myself. But I probably decided it probably wasn’t the best time to do it."