The Cleveland Cavaliers have the assets needed to make a big splash at the NBA trade deadline next month, but questions about LeBron James’ future with the franchise could prevent them from pulling the trigger. If the Cavs wanted to pursue adding a star player, they would likely need to part ways with the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, which they acquired as part of the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade. However, dealing the valuable unprotected pick might only make sense if LeBron plans to return next season and beyond. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Cavs currently prefer to hold onto the pick in case they need to start rebuilding without James.
Report: Cavs don’t want to trade Nets’ first-round pick in case LeBron James leaves
Larry Brown Sports | Jan 16