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REPORT: Cavs Ready To Accept Potential LeBron James Departure Next Year

The Bucks, like majority of other borderine contenders, are interested in Kyrie Irving. However, it will be tough to do this deal as Giannis Antetokounmpo is said to be “untouchable”. The Cavs are also preparing to face the reality of LeBron James having to play his final season in Cleveland with no true chance of competing for an NBA title. 

The Cavs front office is put in a tough spot with the Irving trade because of what is likely looking like a James departure in 2018. 


Milwaukee has shown interest in Irving, too, league sources said, but there isn’t that one young star — of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo is untouchable — who makes sense for Cleveland.

When Irving’s trade request became public in mid-July, there was internal hope that the news would stir the market to furnish Cleveland with a return that could deliver impact to the 2017-18 season with James, as well as the possibility of a future without him. That hasn’t happened, and it’s become clear that Irving isn’t commanding that kind of robust return on the market.

Between now and the inevitable Irving trade, Cleveland officials will make a choice on what the franchise values most — its today or its tomorrow. Without a commitment to stay, without the presumption of a future together, LeBron James could be left in a most unfamiliar position: out of championship contention in Cleveland, counting the days until goodbye.

The Cavs aren’t giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer, but they are no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay. For James, a reluctance to commit comes with an emerging set of complications. Beyond Irving’s decision to ask for a trade, Cleveland has determined that it’s unwilling to simply be reactive to James’ possible departure.

Of course, Cavaliers officials prefer to re-sign James to a long-term deal and chase titles together into his twilight, but the Cavs are treating his unwillingness to commit as a call to protect themselves long term in the Irving trade, league sources said.

Owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman want James to commit before building around him, and James largely wants to see the Cavaliers execute a plan before committing to them.

1 Comment

  1. ERIC

    August 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Why not push for the trade of the century. Squash all talk about LeBron leaving. IRIVING FOR PAUL,LOVE FOR ANTHONY. Make the dream team LeBron wants and make a power house in the east.

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