Honestly, the Cavaliers might just need to face the music. This franchise has blown it catastrophically over the years, starting with Tristan Thompson’s contract, then JR Smith’s contract, the Kyrie Irving trade, and most recently their trade deadline deals that brought in the onerous salaries of George Hill and Jordan Clarkson.
It doesn’t matter what Cleveland does at this point unless Dan Gilbert wants to continue to pend a colossal amount in luxury taxes. It’s going to be next to impossible for the Cavs to field a formidable roster around LeBron (if he does decide to stay).
Even ESPN’s Zach Lowe’s prediction probably won’t get them far.
On the Cavs, staring into the abyss again — how they got here, what they’d probably like to do over, and what happens now: https://t.co/q1XgOoReqk
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 9, 2018
It’d be shocking for them to get a player better than Love and also a player of that caliber that wants to play alongside LeBron, given the evidence that the King runs the show in Cleveland.
Sorry, Kevin. If LeBron goes, you’ll be traded likely to somewhere he isn’t. And if the Cavs do have any sense that LeBron might consider staying, they’ll need to change up this roster somehow, and you’re the next valuable piece to get them any sort of a worthwhile return.