Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cavaliers seek to trade up in NBA Draft

Cavaliers seek to trade up in NBA Draft

The Cavaliers hold the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft.

According to a report by Cleveland Sports Talk, sources are revealing that LeBron James will only consider playing for two teams next season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the L.A. Lakers. "He's trying to recruit LeBron James to Houston, and somebody close to him said to me he is as focused on recruiting LeBron as anything he's done in this league".

If LeBron's intent is to leave, then the Cavs would want to choose a player who would be a good fit now and for the future.

LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal were teammates for a brief period of time.

CLEVELAND- LeBron James can opt out of the past year of his contract with the Cavaliers and leave Cleveland for a second time.

James, Cleveland.com reported, has been in touch with the team through his representatives.

"At some point as you keep adding older guys, you've got to get younger whether you have LeBron James or not".

Granted, if James re-signs, the Cavs - barring a near-miracle on draft night - won't be on the Golden State Warriors' level. He has to let the Cavaliers know by June 29 whether or not he will opt out of the a year ago of his contract.

Cleveland could always play it safe by drafting someone like Michael Porter Jr. or Wendell Carter Jr., or it could trade down to collect assets just in case James decides to depart the franchise for the second time.

"I just think you have to trade for a point guard who can make things easier for everybody on the court, including LeBron", Begley said during an appearance on "The Bull and Fox Show" on 92.3 The Fan.

We doubt the Cavs - who have paid nearly $500 million in combined salaries and luxury taxes the last three seasons - would take on Parsons' contract.

However, based on the information shared by ESPN's Doris Burke during a recent appearance on the Locked On Heat podcast, it appears as though LeBron James is very much leaning towards leaving the Cavs.

But LeBron and the National Basketball Association don't work that way, so they have to do the next best thing.

And while there are numerous unknowns, there is one indisputable fact: the Cavs must upgrade their roster to have any chance of keeping James and continuing a relationship that was resurrected in 2014.

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