LeBron still trying to get other stars to join Cavs?

Cavaliers star LeBron James is expected to opt out of his contract and again enter free agency.

After four straight trips to the Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James may not have given up on the idea of staying home.

At least, that was the gist of some comments from ESPN personality and podcaster Ryen Russillo following Thursday’s NBA draft.

“All the arrows point to him bolting,” Russillo said on ESPN. “But I know for a fact LeBron is trying to figure out if other stars around the league want to come play with him in Cleveland first.”

James must make the Cavs aware of whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract, as he is expected to do, on June 29.

General manager Koby Altman said Thursday the Cavs continue to have “good dialogue with James’ management team,” but that they are giving James “space” to determine his next move.

One thing that may benefit the Cavs is the possibility that James may not be able to find a better fit in free agency — especially if star players such as San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George remain with their current clubs.

And while the Cavs have not been given any sort of indication of James’ plans, Russillo strongly indicated he is open to remaining with the Cavs.

“I know for a fact that LeBron is still trying to find a way to make it happen in Cleveland,” he said. “I just don’t know if anybody wants to go there with him.”

Overall, James has reached the Finals eight straight times, the first four runs coming with the Miami Heat. He is 3-6 lifetime in the Finals.

4 Comments on "LeBron still trying to get other stars to join Cavs?"

  1. Thomas Nguyen | June 22, 2018 at 7:38 am |

    He tried this in 2010 with Wade, Bosh, and ariza. It didn’t work then. I hope he has better luck this time.

  2. NBA Junkie | June 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm |

    Sam, is there a chance, or willingness, on part of the Cavs to lure Dwight Howard to sign for veteran’s minimum for an easy trip to the finals?

    Is there any chance of getting Kawhi or George WITHOUT giving up Love/Nance?
    Is Lillard out of reach?
    What about Cousins?
    Or, is everything hanging in balance till King makes his decision public?

    Do the Cavs see Hill as a burden? My unwanted $0.02 is that, Lue failed to bring out the best from the players. Have you heard anything about Lue being fired?

    • Where are they gonna money to sign somebody since he got his overpaid boys signed to those stupid contracts, TT and JR

    • Mrs. Nesbit | June 25, 2018 at 4:12 am |

      To get Kawhi you’ll have to give up Love at least. And you would have to get a 3rd team involved for it because the Spurs don’t have a use for Love with Aldridge on the team. I think there is a chance the Cavs can pull off a trade for Kawhi, just don’t expect Love to be part of the team if we pull it off. Love and Cedi would probably be the big players we would lose in the deal.

      The fact of the matter is I bet a ton of players would love to come play with LeBron but it’s just not possible with the Cavs being over the cap with next to no valuable assets to get nice things in return.

      In terms of Dwight…I highly doubt you see him play next to LeBron. The dude is a cancer in the locker room and is well past his prime. It would be IT/Derrick Rose all over again. I don’t think many teams have much interest in him anymore. I mean it says a lot that he was moved in a trade to shed his salary and then the team that acquired him is going to buy him out. I say the Cavs stay far away from him.

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