Although Los Angeles is the current favorite to land LeBron, Cleveland isn't out of the discussion just yet.
The Cavs, too, have been secretive while general manager Koby Altman prepares for his first draft by consulting with his staff on what to do with the No. 8 overall pick, the one they received last summer in the seismic trade that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.
"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", Altman said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
In addition, the source also reveals that LeBron James' camp has been in contact with the Cavs front office and that James has made it pretty clear over the years that he wants to be in Cleveland and raise his family there. "We're very, very fortunate to have him here, and what he gave to this franchise was nothing short of remarkable". The second year is a player option. The Cavs have always been interested in Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships.
The Cavs have a $5.8 million trade exception, a roughly $5 million salary cap exception to spend on a free agent, and Kendrick Perkins' $2.5 million contract for next year counted among their assets.
Although he had his most efficient season as a Cavalier during his 59 regular season games, the 29-year-old struggled throughout much of the postseason, at least for his standards. In the postseason, James averaged a tremendous stat line of 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game, as a ball-dominant point-forward who spent most of the time on the court either setting his teammates up for scoring chances or creating buckets himself.
The move isn't on the same level as adding a superstar, but LeBron, Kevin Love and let's say Trae Young, would still compete for an Eastern Conference title. "Let's do it. I've you needed a few extra pieces this past season, and let's do it. Let's go back to the Finals".
"I do [think he is a starter]", Altman said.
The Cavs have a chance to develop a young talent into a potential star to really contribute to the success of the franchise whether or not the choice Lebron makes.
In theory, with the possibility of a rebuild looming, the Cavs should not trade the 8 pick in this year's draft. James and his representatives have kept an air-tight lid on their plans. Then again, ahead of Thursday night's draft, it is #SmokeScreenSZN. Additionally, if he does opt out, Cleveland would be right there in the running to get him to sign another deal.