Cavaliers seek to trade up in NBA Draft

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-The Los Angeles Lakers recently held a meeting warning all employees about possible tampering ahead of the opening of National Basketball Association free agency on July 1, according to an ESPN report.

When James last faced a similar opt out in his contract, he fled Miami to return to Cleveland, and informed Heat president Pat Riley before the draft of his decision.

That obviously puts Altman and Co.in a bind: Should they keep the No. 8 pick and draft a player like Oklahoma's Trae Young to prepare for life without LeBron? When I asked for more information, they continued "LeBron has said time and time again that he wants to raise his family in Cleveland and retire a Cavalier (remember the Sports Illustrated letter), do not be surprised when he ends up owning this team".

Multiple reports suggest that the Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams most likely to land LeBron this summer, especially once it was revealed that his oldest son, LeBron James Jr., had enrolled at to Sierra Canyon, which is located just outside of Los Angeles.

All of this makes sense, as my source said, the chances LeBron could actually be convinced to go to LA are low due to the high amount of things that would have to happen.


It's quite a quandary for Cleveland, and James isn't helping the Cavs by keeping them in suspense.

But take a glance at the list of assets Vardon compiled for his story.

That's the price you pay having LeBron on your team. The second-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class, Porter was considered a potential future No. 1 overall pick before back injuries limited his freshman season to just three games.

Love has two seasons remaining on his deal with the Cavaliers and is owed just more than $49.7 million. Due to their limited assets, one avenue to getting better with or without LeBron is taking on yet another bad contract, which, in the case of Parsons, could lead to a better draft pick. The Cavs roster is filled with overpaid players with bad contracts who aren't getting younger.

Ideally, the Cavs would know LeBron's plans before entering a critically important draft. And momentum for the Cavs to select the Missouri freshman forward only gained steam on Thursday morning, when ESPN's Jonathan Givony released his final mock draft.

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