Fans of the National Basketball Association are holding their breath while waiting for LeBron James to make his next move, but the Cleveland Cavaliers don't have that type of luxury. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
With three days before the National Basketball Association draft, Koby Altman and the Cavaliers front office will have to make decisions without insight into LeBron James' free agency decision.
Free agency begins on July 1, so keep checking back to see where the top players have signed.
In the meantime, you can count on Cleveland attempting to do several things to make James more likely to stay put. Cleveland, meanwhile, eventually traded away two of the principle pieces it received from the Celtics at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, essentially conceding the mistakes it made in the Irving deal.
The Cavs are one of several teams making calls to San Antonio about Kawhi Leonard.
Obviously, landing Leonard would make the Lakers a more attractive destination for James, given his desire to continue to compete for championships.
Cleveland also has the option of drafting a player and trading him after 30 days, like it did with Andrew Wiggins in 2014 to acquire Kevin Love. That could make him attractive in a trade. But I'm not sure a Leonard/Love deal would have much interest to the Spurs, who would want multiple assets. If LeBron leaves this summer and then Leonard leaves next summer, the Cavs will nearly surely be one of the league's worst teams. "The goal is to hopefully come to a decision" about a possible five-year, $219 million supermax extension with the Spurs that the two-time first-team All-NBA guard is eligible to sign this offseason. He won three titles with the Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, but he didn't win any in the final three seasons of his 19-year career.