Cavs Rumors: Dan Gilbert Thinks He Can Build Champion Without LeBron James

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"I like to be here".

Love knows that whether he remains in Cleveland and plays with James next season and beyond is largely out of his control.

"I used to hang out with him when we were younger", Scotty Jr. said. "Always wanted to win here".

Following the Cavs' season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the 4-time MVP said his family will play an even bigger factor than ever before in his upcoming free agency decision.

Still, rebuilding efforts have been successful in the past, and Cleveland will hope it can start over and turn things around quickly if LeBron does find a new home this offseason.

The Cavaliers are expected to be well over the salary cap for the 2018-19 season and now have no room to add a big-name free agent that could entice James to re-sign.

The next person who walks up to me and says LeBron James - who is unbelievable, fantastic - is as good as Michael Jordan, or competes like Michael Jordan, I'm just going to slap the hell out of you right on the spot.

On a recent ESPN podcast, Brian Windhorst laid out what to expect in Cleveland this offseason.

"There isn't one player on that roster who is guaranteed to be back next year,"Windhorst added, via RealGM".

In a sense he agreed with some of them, willingly acknowledging he can improve after the Cavs were swept by the Warriors, losing to Golden State for the third time in the past four years despite the presence of LeBron James. So, that's a move that they're going to make ... if everybody looks at it with a son at that age, you don't want to be away from him during that period of time. James later said he did not want his friend to have to deal with such a secret. I bet they would look for a first round pick in that trade.

The forward finished the season with averages of 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds, his second-best statline in Cleveland.

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