Things are getting worse and worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, and the big picture for their foreseeable future may not be that better considering how things have fared over the last couple of weeks.
Apparently, the relationship between the team’s front office and LeBron James is broken beyond repair, and the chances of him extending his stay at his hometown are pretty much close to zero right now.
As a matter of fact, according to Jason Lloyd, James even cussed out at least a couple of executives during a recent team meeting, and the team has decided to stop informing him about their decisions, with Dan Gilbert reportedly still resenting James from his first departure.
So, it’s time for the Cavs to face facts: they’re quite unlikely to win the Championship this season, and James isn’t going to commit with them, so they should at least explore trade destinations for the King.
Today, we’re going to give you the top 4 trade packages they could get, as well as the most realistic ones.
4. Philadelphia 76ers
LeBron James would probably not be that thrilled with this destination as this one’s the least likely to get him near Championship contention, but considering how many assets the Sixers have, it may make a lot of sense for Cleveland.
For this trade to work, the Sixers would have to send Timothe Luwawu, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and at least a couple of 1st and 2nd round picks to the Land, although pairing him with Ben Simmons would be an odd experiment.
3. Houston Rockets
Among all destinations, this one may be the one James would enjoy the most, as he’d be playing alongside his longtime friend Chris Paul, while a big 3 featuring them and James Harden would instantly make them the favorites to win it all.
In order to lure James to Houston, the Rockets would have to send Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, PJ Tucker and future 1st and 2nd round picks, but they’d have a huge shot at keeping LeBron beyond this season so it’s definitely worth it.
2. Golden State Warriors
People would be all over him and it’s probable that he’s never going to be able to shake this deal off, but let’s face it, this is a business and the Cavs need to do what may be better for the long term.
So, James could join Golden State way sooner than expected, following the rumors that stated that he would meet with them in the offseason if they manage to clear cap space. This trade wouldn’t make much sense for the Dubs, tho, as they would have to part ways with both Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to pull it off.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder is desperate to get a Championship and they’ve already risked a lot for rentals on Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, so it wouldn’t be crazy to think they may risk even more to boost their chances with James’ arrival.
For this trade to work out, the Thunder would have to send at least a 1st round pick and a couple of 2nd rounders, as well as Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony to the Q, and both teams would be much improved after this kind of move.