The Cavs can’t think about LeBron James with their 2018 NBA Draft pick

The Cavaliers fumbled away Game 1 of the NBA Finals and never rebounded. They were swept on their own home floor. Now, Cleveland must pivot toward a future that looks incredibly uncertain.

The Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving last summer after he requested to be dealt, and in that exchange with the Boston Celtics, they recouped Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick in this year’s draft. That pick was the prize the Cavs wanted in the Irving deal all along, and ended up at No. 8 overall.

Now, it’s time they decide what to do with it.

Cleveland is in an interesting scenario. The 2018 NBA Draft is littered with talent from the top prospects to mid-late first-round picks. Normally, the No. 8 pick is an asset, but things are not so simple in this case.

The wild card in Cleveland’s immediate future is LeBron James. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, and it’s impossible to tell if he plans to stay with the Cavaliers or leave for sunnier skies elsewhere. Whatever Cavs GM Koby Altman does, he has to do with the team’s future in mind, but that future is impossible to forecast because it changes so much with James’ decision.

As such, Altman has three real choices.


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