The Cavaliers have to make the No. 8 pick before being eligible to deal it away because they already traded their selection to the Los Angeles Lakers in early February along with point guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye in exchange for guard Jordan Clarkson and center Larry Nance Jr. A lot of rumors seem to point to LeBron donning the Legendary Purple and Gold of the Lakers.
A sweep in the NBA Finals says as much about the swept as it does about the team that used the brooms. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert will undoubtedly play a key role in James' final decision, but he appears confident that if James does leave, he'll be able to put together another team built to contend for a championship.
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Love still has two years remaining on his max contract, so he could still fetch a return for the Cavaliers if they decide to massively retool. Mitchell and James' games could clash a bit - neither are pure shooters - but it's a situation worth exploring. Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age.
For teams lacking significant salary-cap space this summer, which is the overwhelming majority of the league, including the Miami Heat, Paul's decision to bypass free agency last summer in favor of his trade to the Houston Rockets should particularly resonate in coming days and weeks.
There was no way that King James wouldn't have been heated after Smith, not known for his attention to detail, literally cost them a golden opportunity to get at least one game against the far more superior Warriors. "People have been saying that for the past four years". Sherman said their odds would shoot up to 100-1 if James, as expected, doesn't sign with his former team. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. "So I'm just trying to prove to myself that I could just stay in it for the long haul and, hopefully, I continue to have some success". So great that no one really knows his whereabouts or his future unless he's on the court or in the locker room. James, as first reported by USA Today, injured his hand punching a whiteboard after Cleveland's Game 1 overtime loss in Oakland. "But that's just what I've had to do".
As for James, he accomplished his goal of bringing a title to Cleveland in 2016, but having lost three of four to the Warriors, he likely will move on as a free agent to a team he believes is ready to win.
"If he doesn't go to Philadelphia, I would raise Philadelphia and lower Boston and Boston would be the Eastern Conference favorite", Sherman said.
"I feel like it's easy to be the best player when you don't have good players around you".