In one of the biggest trades this offseason, former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in return for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the coveted Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick, finally dealing the disgruntled Irving and still staying competitive enough to compete for a title next year. But that championship window could be closing very soon if recent reports are to be believed.
Many believed that with the players Cleveland received in return, they had comfortably won the trade. But when you throw in that Nets' pick, which is estimated to fall somewhere high in next year's lottery, it only makes the haul even tastier.
Many also speculated that the Cavs weren't done dabbling in the trade market. With championship aspirations, there were predictions that Cleveland would dangle that Nets' pick in front of a rebuilding team, hoping to land another All-Star talent to help them compete next year, such as the Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins.
If you were one of those fans who predicted the Cavs were looking to get rid of the pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, you'd be wrong.
Woj reported that the Cavs will not trade the pick, because if LeBron should leave after next season like many are speculating, the Cavs want to be able to have a player that is suitable for a rebuild.
Maybe the Cavaliers are less confident than some analysts that LeBron will be staying in Cleveland. As you'd expect, James' free agency plans will definitely be kept under wraps until he announces his plans next offseason, but he has yet to commit to the Cavs past next season, so it's no wonder Cleveland's front office would be preparing for the worse.
All they need to do is look back at their 2011-2014 seasons to see the impact LeBron leaving them would have, so keeping the pick and potentially drafting a Michael Porter Jr. or Marvin Bagley will do wonders for them.