Cavaliers Operating Under 'Paralysis' Waiting For Decision From LeBron James

Kawhi Leonard and Le Bron James

But Cleveland's roster is in need of an overhaul, and the Cavaliers are in the hard situation of having to convince James they will continue to improve without knowing if he will be back. Perhaps he wants to finish his career in Cleveland as he has said in the past - this deal would allow him to do so.

The exact order of operations may need some fine tuning, but the Lakers' plan for now would be to sign George and James into their cap space, and then trade for Leonard. The Rams' decision to give their input on the situation on further exemplifies that buzz that has been brewing, especially after the least development with the 33-year-old electing to becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. President of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are working feverishly to acquire Leonard and essentially lock in James.

According to Joe Vardon, "Sources suggested to cleveland.com that his interest in joining the iconic Los Angeles Lakers is strong".

The 76ers stand as a third and seemingly distant runner-up for James.

Conversely, had James opted into his Cavaliers contract, it would have likely spelled the end of his time in Cleveland. Not only that, they are willing to play for the veteran's minimum for the chance to play with James and the possibility of winning a championship with him. LeBron would join up with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons along with the rest of the talented supporting cast, and that team would instantly be the East favorite. Many options for him are complicated, however, and it seems as if there's no ideal fit for him.

On Friday, ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst said LeBron's close friends and advisors will travel to the Caribbean to meet with him. That is. not exactly how you'd describe Simmons and Embiid, not to mention Markelle Fultz. "It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history". The Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics, the former probably being more relevant in this discussion. Here's what James's decision means moving forward.

This will now make him the headline name on a star-studded class of free agents this summer which includes Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and Chris, as well as others. But with James declining that option, Houston doesn't have a logical route to create a sizeable amount of cap space.

In the meantime, it sure is fun to speculate on KD and LeBron teaming up. James has been much more proactive in past summers working with the Cavs than he has.

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