Cavs enter draft in dark on LeBron's plan

Cleveland Cavaliers Big Three

LeBron James has nearly a week to inform the Cleveland Cavaliers whether he intends to pick up the option on his contract for next season or opt out and become a free agent on July 1.

The Cavs used their no. 8 pick on the dynamic point guard from the Alabama program, reportedly without factoring in LeBron James' decision.

"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", Altman said. He's done that before, so this is nothing new for us.

"You take Philly out, you take Houston out if they have cap problems; Daryl Morey - we all assume he can swing it, but let's say he can't - and the Lakers out, all of a sudden LeBron looks around and says, 'I might as well stay put'. When we did the Kevin Love deal [in 2014] and the [ensuing] trades, we didn't have the chance to have draft picks". "He means the world to us and this franchise".

In Cleveland, Sexton could possibly team up with four-time MVP LeBron James, assuming the superstar elects to re-sign with the Cavaliers this offseason.

Given that LeBron James is a pending free agent and could very well leave Cleveland, said interest was seemingly based more on the Cavaliers eyeing a future without The King. That remains to be seen, but Sexton should be an impact player this season either way.

Naturally, the conversation turned towards the NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors and if the Cavs can make it to a 5th straight NBA finals next season.




He is just too risky for me.

The Cavs did not have any indication about James' decision heading into the draft.

"Anything is possible", Love said of the trade speculation.

Cleveland has been linked to multiple points guards with the eighth pick in Thursday's draft.

MPJ was the 2017 USA Today Player of the Year, and was regarded as the second best prospect in the nation entering his freshmen season in Columbia, Missouri.

In his only season at Alabama, Sexton led the Crimson Tide back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012. "I think the pick along with our youth and our momentum as a franchise, for LeBron and for everybody, I think there's a real energy here". And then you feel people, like, you feel them. ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz spoke to Cleveland.com about the Cavs outlook heading into the draft.

Sexton made quite a first impression by deciding to take No. 2, his college number but also the one previously worn in Cleveland by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

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