Or do they take the best player available, hope said player is a cornerstone of the future, and still hope James decides to stay?
Since the National Basketball Association insists on holding its draft before the start of free agency, the Cavs have quite the dilemma when it comes to the No. 8 overall pick on Thursday night.
The Cavs have been signaling (strongly, in some cases) that they're looking to upgrade their team from the group that was swept out of the Finals this month, whether James stays or goes.
The NBA free agency period, which officially begins on July 1, will be all about LeBron James as the 4x MVP's decision will dramatically impact several teams, including his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"The one constant that I've heard is Lonzo Ball", Haynes said on a potential piece the Lakers would move for James.
And while there are numerous unknowns, there is one indisputable fact: the Cavs must upgrade their roster to have any chance of keeping James and continuing a relationship that was resurrected in 2014. The pick could be used in a trade package, or could be used to draft somebody. If he does decline it, he will become an unrestricted free agent, and it will be the second time which he has left Cleveland in his career.
To remain viable contenders and keep James happy and healthy, the Cavs must address their backcourt issue this summer, either in the draft, through free agency or a trade. Due to their limited assets, one avenue to getting better with or without LeBron is taking on yet another bad contract, which, in the case of Parsons, could lead to a better draft pick. He twice averaged 26 or more points during his six seasons in Minnesota.
Young could be gone by the time the Cavs are on the clock, but Sexton would be a nice backup plan.
"LeBron has said time and time again that he wants to raise his family in Cleveland and retire a Cavalier (remember the Sports Illustrated letter), do not be surprised when he ends up owning this team".
LeBron James has made it clear he's still in championship mode as he weighs whether or not to leave Cleveland this offseason.