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Random dribbles on the Cleveland Cavaliers as their biggest offseason since 2014 awaits.
1. It’s no secret that Cavs general manager Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert are busy pursuing trades to try to improve the club with LeBron James expected to opt out of his contract Friday.
2. As ESPN reported, the Cavs even picked up the option on Kendrick Perkins’ deal to help facilitate a trade.
3. According to league sources, the Cavs are “beyond busy” exploring trades and are “deep” in scenarios to add a dynamic player or two.
4. And yes, among the ideas is to clear cap space to land Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George and/or Houston Rockets free-agent Chris Paul, as ESPN also reported. Nothing is close, but nothing has been shot down, either.
5. Dave McMenamin of ESPN shared similar news earlier. “Team sources told ESPN that the Cavs ‘continue to explore all options to improve’ heading into LeBron James’ decision about his future with the franchise,” he wrote.
6. Meanwhile, the Cavs have indeed been in touch with LeBron’s camp, as Altman mentioned on the night of the draft. Sources told Amico Hoops that LeBron’s team has done nothing to ensure LeBron is staying — but the Cavs have not been discouraged, either.
7. In fact, the front office seems to not only believe the Cavs are squarely in the mix for LeBron, but perhaps the team to beat.
8. The Los Angeles Lakers also believe they stand a good chance because … well, they’re the Lakers. But despite some reports that LeBron has already reached a decision, many around the league feel he is merely leaning one way — and waiting to see if anyone can put together a great reason for him to leave Cleveland.
9. Granted, it won’t be easy for the Cavs to land a George or a Paul. Because of they’re already so deep into the luxury tax, they can’t receive players in sign-and-trade arrangements. Instead, the Cavs will have to find a way to miraculously clear cap space with trades, then convince George and/or Paul to join in free agency.
10. One side note to all that: The Cavs believe it’s possible.
11. ESPN reported San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard could be a big player in all this, and that sure sounds right. The Lakers want Leonard, with or without LeBron. Apparently, like George, Leonard wants the Lakers, too. But without at least one, it’s hard to envision LeBron landing in LA.
12. Finally, yes, the Spurs are among the teams being called on by the Cavs. Other than the Cavs trying to pry away Leonard, there’s no information on who else is being discussed. If a deal ever happens, you can bet it will cost the Cavs at least Kevin Love or first-round draft pick Collin Sexton — or both.