The Cavaliers are scrambling to find the right return for dealing Kyrie Irving. They want young players to build a new foundation upon in case LeBron James leaves, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Cavs have yet to get a commitment from James beyond next season, according to the report. They’ve seen him shift gears enough to know what his exit strategy looks like and they’re doing their best to prepare for it.
Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player for Irving, which means this: The trade plan the Cavaliers would have prioritized, with James committed for the long term — veterans to surround James and draft picks — isn’t in motion.
The Cavs fully intend to keep James through the remainder of his career, but without a commitment from him, they have to be proactive in their quest to stay afloat.
That’s a smart strategy in the best interest of the franchise, but it may also alienate James and push him even further out the door. Their team won’t be as good this season as they were the previous two years with more experienced talent. In James’ last year, it’s important to maximize what could be his last year in Cleveland.
If they compete now, he’ll
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/8/15/16150662/kyrie-irving-trade-lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers-young-prospects-draft-picks
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