LeBron James '100 per cent' leaving Cavaliers after this season

Posted August 17, 2017

Comments: For all the offseason drama, the road through the East still goes through Cleveland, as more than 75 percent of our panel picked the Cavaliers to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season. Kelly Oubre revamped his shot over the summer and will need to improve to keep the bench units afloat, especially after losing Bojan Bogdanovic in free agency. That also extends to any trade negotiations involving Irving and, at least theoretically, limits options that the team could execute.

In July, the Cleveland Cavalier's Kyrie Irving asked to be traded. Meanwhile, Irving would have the opportunity to run the show with a distributing big in Al Horford next to him - a player that enhanced an already elite scorer in Thomas significantly last season. That has led to the team focusing on getting a young star player in return for the point guard.

The San Antonio Spurs continue to be linked to Kyrie Irving, with the most recent rumor of their interest remaining in the All-Star point guard.

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After the Knicks fired Jackson, they attempted to fix the relationship and show Porzingis that the chaos the franchise has fostered in his tenure is no more. Still, the hangup is due to Cleveland having no interest in trying to win against the Warriors over the short term when they have a long term team to manage.

The Cavaliers are in a situation in which they have to think of rebuilding if LeBron James will leave after the season.

The sense in Cleveland is that something is coming to an end.

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The idea of LeBron James departing Cleveland again is slowly resembling a possible reality. Irving just wants to beat him to it. Joining the Spurs won't make him a #1 guy because Kawhi Leonard is a much better player. Another possibility is that if Kyrie stays, he doesn't give his all, because he doesn't want to be there, which is a surefire way for the team to fall to the bottom of the standings rather quickly.

Part of the reason why the Suns have been regarded as a potential trading partner for the Cavaliers is because the Phoenix-based squad now possesses an interesting collection of players. If it means keeping Irving on the team despite his unhappiness, so be it.

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