LeBron James Is Reportedly Trying To Recruit Other Stars To Cleveland

LeBron James Is Reportedly Trying To Recruit Other Stars To Cleveland

The Cavs did at least take a positive step towards upgrading their roster around James by drafting Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the No 8 pick on Thursday, the teenager hoping to fill the hole left by Kyrie Irving's departure to the Boston Celtics a year ago.

"We're very very fortunate to have him here and what he gave to this franchise this year was nothing short of remarkable", Altman said.

"Obviously, I'd love to play with LeBron the rest of my career, but that will be a choice that he makes", Love said. "He's done that before, so this is nothing new for us.", he said.

Altman added that they want to respect his space as he makes his decision. "When I called him...he wanted to run here...that's meaningful to us".

With the trajectory of their franchise riding on where he decides to play next season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers will enter this year's draft not knowing if they're choosing a player to help them - and James - contend for another championship, develop a prospect for the future or potentially take a player to trade.

If James does not exercise his player option of $35.6 million on his contract next season by June 29, he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Will LeBron James remain with the Cavs?

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LeBron, even before the Cavs were swept by the Golden State Warriors, had intimated to be bolting Cleveland out of frustration for the teams back-to-back setbacks in the NBA Finals due to lack of supporting talents. The 32-year-old George Hill is the only player at that position now under contract for next season.

Not counting James, Pluto says there are just two players on the current Cavs' roster that the team drafted: Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson.

The 33-year old James is coming off a year in which he carried the Cavaliers to their fourth straight Finals appearance, shouldering a massive load during the postseason. The last Alabama player to be selected in the draft was forward Richard Hendrix, who was picked No. 49 overall by the Golden State Warriors 10 years ago.

"Especially if Simmons can't shoot and LeBron has to handle the ball, maybe it's not a ideal fit there or a really good one in LeBron's opinion". Sexton, also, will be wearing No. 2 - just like Irving. I in scoring and assists last season.

"We managed to get younger". But they can work a deal with Team X before the draft to select Player Y and then immediately trade Player Y's rights to Team X for an established player. Teammate Marvin Bagley III will likely go inside of the top-three picks tonight, but Carter could have an immediate impact on whoever drafts him as well.

Multiple team sources praised Sexton's character and competitive nature to ESPN.

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