NBA Insider Suggests Cavs Will Explore Blockbuster Trade to Convince LeBron to Stay


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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.​

​​”They missed chances to trade their best non-LeBron player, ​Kevin Love, at something close to peak value, and will have hard time flipping him for even 50 percent of that now,” Lowe wrote. “Expect the Cavs to explore what they might get for a package of Love and the No. 8 pick around the draft in a last-ditch attempt to convince LeBron to stay.”

Love is due nearly $50 million through the 2019-2020 season, and with his declining play, teams are not going to like that price tag at all. Sure, packaging him with the No. 8 pick that once belonged to the Brooklyn Nets makes things more appealing, but that’s three too many picks outside of the top five, where all of the true, undeniable talent lies this year.

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.


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