The Cleveland Cavaliers need help to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, should both teams manage to reign in their respective conferences reach the finals.
And while the Cavaliers reportedly attempted to venture in acquiring Paul George from the Indiana Pacers in summer, it looks that superstar LeBron James might be the main reason the trade deal wasn’t pushed through.
FOX Sports’ Chris Broussard reported on Friday at “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that the Cavaliers were indeed ready to blockbuster trade deal that would move star Kyrie Irving to the Phoenix Suns, the Suns’ first-round draft pick to the Pacers and Eric Bledsoe and George to the Cavs. All that was left was for the three-time NBA champion LeBron James who verbally committed to staying in Cleveland long term.
“Dan Gilbert goes to LeBron and says, ‘Look, we’ve got this deal on the table. I’ll do it if you commit long term to stay in Cleveland,” said Broussard. “LeBron won’t commit. Now you can read into that if you want that he would leave, or he just wants to keep his option open. But he would not commit so Dan Gilbert would not do the deal.”
Thirteen-time All-Star James has the power to opt out of his contract in 2018 offseason, with speculations and rumors of his potential exit from Cavaliers next free agency period have circulated all summer with the Los Angeles Lakers being the primary target. And it recently was reported that this 2017-18 NBA season will “100 percent” be James’ final season in Cleveland. Paul George ended up being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and will be a free agent after the next season with the Purple and Gold team reportedly being his preferred franchise.
So, it’s possible that star basketballers James and George could both be on land in Lakers in 2018, that is if the Los Angeles aren’t found guilty of tampering with the former Indiana Pacers player.