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The 2018 NBA Draft is set to begin in just a few hours and the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly looking to get their night started sooner.

That’s because according to one NBA Insider, the Cavs could be looking to move up in the draft.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cavs were possibly looking to move their eight overall pick to try to bring a veteran star to Cleveland. It now seems that the Cavs fully intend to draft one of the many talented rookies available in the draft.

Among the rookies that the Cavs could target are Michael Porter Jr., Trae Young, and Collin Sexton. If they were to move up higher in the draft, they could ensure their ability to grab the player they covet the most or pick one of the top-level talents that will likely be long gone by the eighth selection.

It is still quite unclear what Cleveland will end up doing on Thursday night, but one thing is certain: the fun is just getting started.

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Video: Luka Doncic Explains Why His Favorite Player Is LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/21/video-luka-doncic-explains-why-his-favorite-player-in-nba-is-lebron-james/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:55:38 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29820 The name of Luka Doncic will be prominently mentioned on Thursday night during the NBA draft. As one of the likely top selections in the draft, Doncic’s talent is undeniable, with NBA TV offering a profile of the 19-year-old native of Slovenia that indicated who his favorite player is: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Could […]

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The name of Luka Doncic will be prominently mentioned on Thursday night during the NBA draft. As one of the likely top selections in the draft, Doncic’s talent is undeniable, with NBA TV offering a profile of the 19-year-old native of Slovenia that indicated who his favorite player is: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

“He’s my favorite, he can play in a lot of different positions. I can too, but to be like LeBron, I have to work much harder,” Doncic said.

Uncertainty exists as to which team will end up selecting Doncic, but many comparisons to James stem in part from similarities in their development. James was the top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft after a spectacular high school career in which a number of his games were nationally televised. Doncic played international ball for Real Madrid and in exhibitions against NBA teams.

“We played against the Boston Celtics and next year against Oklahoma City Thunder,” Doncic said. “I was just 16. It was an amazing experience playing against the best players in the world.”

Unfortunately for Cavs fans, Doncic will not be around by the time they make the eighth pick in the draft. Instead, they’ll be facing the phenom in the years ahead, which figures to be as challenging as opponents have found James to be over the course of his 15 legendary seasons in the league.

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Report: Cavs Reveal Latest Plans Regarding Their 1st-Round Draft Pick https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/20/report-cavs-reveal-latest-plans-regarding-their-1st-round-draft-pick/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:08:43 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29839 Several recent reports have indicated that the Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed a willingness to part ways with the eighth overall draft pick in order to trade for an established star and attempt to entice LeBron James to re-sign with the team. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, however, the Cavs fully intend to draft a player […]

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Several recent reports have indicated that the Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed a willingness to part ways with the eighth overall draft pick in order to trade for an established star and attempt to entice LeBron James to re-sign with the team.

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, however, the Cavs fully intend to draft a player with the eighth pick on Thursday night:

“Cleveland, owners of the No. 8 pick in the draft, will make the selection without knowing James’ intention for next season, multiple sources told ESPN. James is currently on vacation with his family, sources said.”

McMenamin continued to discuss how the Cavs plan to approach the draft and which prospects they plan to target:

“The Cavs are entering into the draft with the intention of making a selection that they will keep on their team next season. There is interest in finding a young playmaker to add to their veteran core and Cleveland believes it will have the opportunity to choose from an available player pool that will include the likes Collin Sexton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Trae Young, Michael Porter Jr., Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges, and others.”

He continued to say that while the Cavs have inquired about the availability of disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, they do not think a deal will be able to get done:

“Cleveland has made a call to inquire about the availability of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, but the franchise does not believe it has the realistic assets to convince the Spurs to deal them the former Finals MVP considering what other teams on the market can offer.”

This report, coupled with the fact that James is seemingly uninvolved with the Cavs’ draft process, indicates that the Cavs are preparing for the possibility of going into the 2018-19 NBA season with James no longer on their roster.

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Report: Cavs Need to Sign Guard Like Kemba Walker to Convince LeBron to Stay https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/20/report-cavs-need-to-sign-guard-like-kemba-walker-to-convince-lebron-to-stay/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:28:20 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29823 The Cleveland Cavaliers are just over 24 hours away from potentially selecting a player with their eight overall draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. However, if they want to keep LeBron James in Cleveland past this summer, they might need to trade it away for an established star. According to NBA insider Ian Begley […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are just over 24 hours away from potentially selecting a player with their eight overall draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. However, if they want to keep LeBron James in Cleveland past this summer, they might need to trade it away for an established star.

According to NBA insider Ian Begley of ESPN, an example of an established star that could entice James to re-sign with the Cavs is current Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.

“I just think you have to trade for a point guard who can make things easier for everybody on the court, including LeBron,” Begley said during an appearance on the “Bull and Fox Show” on 92.3 The Fan.

He went on to discuss Walker’s availability.

Kemba Walker was dangled by Charlotte before the trade deadline,” he said. “If you could somehow land a player like him in a trade prior to the draft … shortly after the draft, I certainly think that would impact LeBron’s thinking.”

Begley continued to express his belief that while the Cavs could certainly draft a talented youngster with the eighth overall pick, none of them would be enough to make Cleveland a more attractive destination than it currently is for the four-time MVP:

“I don’t think there’s a player that Cleveland could take in the draft that LeBron says, ‘Oh my goodness, I have to play with this guy. I have to re-sign with the Cavs.”

On the adverse side, he did say he believes there are players that the Cavs could trade for to increase their chances of re-signing James:

“I think there are players available via the trade market that would really entice LeBron to stick around.”

Begley then offered an inside look into the Cavs’ front office, saying he’s sure that Cavs general manager Koby Altman is exploring all possible options to ensure that James remains in the Wine and Gold.

“I have to think that Koby Altman is working hard right now to try to put something together to make an impact,” Begley said. “It’s not just that draft pick, that first-round pick. But it’s an additional move, a trade that lands a strong contributor on that Cavs roster.”

Still, regardless of what Altman and company do, Begley admitted that it still could not be enough to keep King James around.

“It’s just such a tricky to position to be in, though. I feel for the management team over there,” Begley said. “Just because there’s so much uncertainty. How do you make a potentially franchise-altering transaction without knowing what LeBron is going to do?

“So, (it’s) certainly not an easy position for Koby Altman and those guys to be in and I don’t envy them.”

It’s quite clear that the Cavs are likely going to have to take quite a few risks in an attempt to keep James around. Hopefully, it’s all worth it.

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Report: Cavs Offering Kevin Love and No. 8 Pick for Kawhi Leonard https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/20/report-cavs-offering-kevin-love-and-no-8-pick-for-kawhi-leonard/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:43:57 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29832 The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly in the market for San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard since it was first revealed that he is no longer interested in playing for his current team. With the 2018 NBA Draft just 24 hours away, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Cavs have made an offer for the All-Star forward: […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly in the market for San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard since it was first revealed that he is no longer interested in playing for his current team.

With the 2018 NBA Draft just 24 hours away, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Cavs have made an offer for the All-Star forward:

“Some of those suitors know they don’t have enough: The Cavs peddling Kevin Love and the No. 8 pick, the Grizzlies with No. 4 and Chandler Parsons, the Clippers with Tobias Harris and Nos. 12 and 13.”

Compared to the other offers that are reportedly on the table, it seems that the Cavs may be offering the best deal for Leonard currently. Part of the reason why better offers have seemingly not been made is likely because many around the NBA believe that Leonard has already decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers next summer when his contract ends.

“In theory, almost no team should pony up its best assets for a player who could bolt in a year without a nearly ironclad assurance he will re-sign,” he wrote. “With Leonard, obtaining such assurance may not even be possible. No one knows whether they can trust the word of the advisors around him. There are deep suspicions that Leonard has already decided he wants to play for the Lakers.

“Even so, teams will look hard. Leonard is a bona fide top-five player. He finished second in MVP voting in 2016, and third in 2017. Teams can go decades without acquiring a player that good.”

If the Cavs were to make a trade for Leonard, it would likely be because Cavs general manager Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert feel confident that the addition of Leonard would convince LeBron James to re-sign this summer. Beyond that, they must also feel confident that Leonard and James suiting up together for one season would certainly be enough to convince the two-time Defensive Player of the Year to forgo signing with the Lakers and instead re-up with the Cavs.

Based on this package, it seems clear that the Cavs are willing to put it all on the line to try to keep James in Cleveland and build another superteam around him. Considering he is one of the greatest players in NBA history, it is no doubt worth the try.

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3 Reasons Why the Cavs Need to Keep Kevin Love at All Costs https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/20/3-reasons-why-the-cavs-need-to-keep-kevin-love/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:40:16 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29717 The current status of the Cleveland Cavaliers is that of a team in limbo as it waits for its best player, veteran forward LeBron James, to decide if he plans to remain with the team. Should James choose to sign with another franchise, the overall makeup of the team could very well change over the […]

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The current status of the Cleveland Cavaliers is that of a team in limbo as it waits for its best player, veteran forward LeBron James, to decide if he plans to remain with the team. Should James choose to sign with another franchise, the overall makeup of the team could very well change over the next few months before training camp begins.

Even if James stays, some trades of players may occur, with veteran Kevin Love‘s name once again being prominently noted. The problem with that possibility is that taking that plunge may not be the best course of action going forward.

Listed below are three reasons why the Cavaliers keeping Love is the best decision to make:

Consistent Production

During the first six years of his NBA career, Love was the central component of the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ lineup. Over those campaigns, he scored an average of 19.2 points and grabbed 12.2 rebounds per game, numbers that dipped slightly during his four seasons in Cleveland. Here, he’s averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 boards. In other words, a double-double every game.

Of course, his time with the Cavaliers has been with many more offensive weapons than he had by his side with the Timberwolves. Sharing the ball with players like James, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver would undoubtedly have reduced any player’s numbers in that situation.

Getting a current player in return doesn’t guarantee the same level of production and James doesn’t have the patience to wait around for a future draft pick to arrive.

Limited Return

Any trade proposals will not only take into consideration the above factors. It also will look at the reality that Love turns 30 in September and has two years remaining on the contract he signed with the Cavaliers in 2015. That suggests that what the Cavaliers would get in return isn’t worth making the effort.

Love recently completed his 10th NBA season and has played nearly 700 games during his time in the league, counting both regular season and postseason. That sort of mileage on his body doesn’t figure to make other teams want to offer quality compensation in return. Nor does the fact that he’s due $49.7 million over the next two seasons.

Also, one report suggested that the Cavaliers would be hoping for a first-round pick in return for Love. Considering that Cleveland gave up two players who had been the top overall picks in their respective drafts to get Love, that compensation seems questionable.

Plus, the teams likely to pursue a trade for Love will very likely be playoff contenders. That means the odds of obtaining a player in the draft that can match those numbers get larger.

Veteran Leadership

Keeping James would help continue his leadership of the team, which is something he takes seriously. Still, with all he has on his plate, he wants veterans who know how to deal with the ups and downs of everyday NBA life to reduce that burden. Like most players, he’s more comfortable with teammates he knows he can trust.

Love, who’s been a member of the team for all four trips to the Finals and was part of the 2016 title squad, has been by James’ side through all of the latter’s second run with the Cavaliers. His offensive production is a known quantity and Cleveland needs the type of play on the glass that Love has delivered in the past.

A more practical reason why dealing Love is a bad idea is simple. Any re-signing of James figures to once again result in a short contract to keep Cavs owner Dan Gilbert on his toes. Following that signing by then trading Love may anger James enough for him to head elsewhere after next season because of that ill-advised bait-and-switch.

The Reality

The names of Love and James have been intertwined since James indicated to Cavaliers management in 2014 that he wanted it to acquire Love. That connection can continue if James makes the decision to simply re-sign with the Cavaliers, but a subsequent trade of Love makes no sense.

Getting back to the NBA Finals will be difficult enough next season, with teams like Boston and Philadelphia nipping at Cleveland’s heels. Removing a major part of the lineup in an effort to shake up the roster guarantees nothing and could have long-term ramifications the franchise would have to deal with in the years ahead.

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Cavs Rumors: Chris Paul’s Main Focus Is Recruiting LeBron James to Houston https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/20/reprt-chris-pauls-main-focus-is-recruiting-lebron-james-to-houston/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:46:50 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29761 One of the few teams that has been considered to be a serious contender in the LeBron James free-agency sweepstakes is the Houston Rockets. They were one game and very likely one Chris Paul injury away from beating the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and seem poised to make another deep playoff […]

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One of the few teams that has been considered to be a serious contender in the LeBron James free-agency sweepstakes is the Houston Rockets. They were one game and very likely one Chris Paul injury away from beating the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and seem poised to make another deep playoff run next season.

That run would likely be made a whole lot deeper if James did decide to sign with the Rockets. That is probably why, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Paul is putting much of his offseason energy into trying to bring James to Houston.

Paul was just one win away from his first NBA Finals berth until a hamstring injury benched him for Game 6 and Game 7 in the conference finals. It seems that missed opportunity has only given him more drive to succeed next season.

“Yeah, he took it hard. But you know what, he’ll be back,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “He’ll be back 100 percent and we’re ready to go.”

It seems Paul believes the best way to get the NBA Finals is to suit up alongside James. Considering the fact that the four-time MVP has advanced to eight straight Finals, it’s pretty hard to blame him.

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Michael Porter Jr. Makes Blasphemous Statement About LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/19/michael-porter-jr-makes-blasphemous-statement-about-lebron-james/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:02:20 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29796 The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly targeted former Gatorade National Player of the Year Michael Porter Jr. The 6-foot-10 forward is considered to be one of the most physically talented players in the draft, but could potentially fall into the Cavs’ lap thanks to some injury concerns. It appears that the Cavs might have to consider another […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly targeted former Gatorade National Player of the Year Michael Porter Jr. The 6-foot-10 forward is considered to be one of the most physically talented players in the draft, but could potentially fall into the Cavs’ lap thanks to some injury concerns.

It appears that the Cavs might have to consider another concern if they plan on drafting Porter on Thursday night. That concern revolves around where Porter ranks LeBron James on his list of best players in the NBA.

#MichaelPorterJr says that #KevinDurant is better than #LeBronJames, agree or disagree? #TOPBALL

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The Cavs are not only in the midst of preparing to make their highest pick in the draft since 2014, they are also on the precipice of watching James become a free agent.

It is unclear how willing James would be to re-sign with the Cavs if they select a rookie rather than trade the pick for an established star. It seems even less likely that James would sign on to play alongside a rookie who doesn’t even consider the four-time MVP to be the best player in the league.

Whatever happens, there is no doubt that Porter’s questionable comments have made what the Cavs end up doing on Thursday that much more interesting.

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Report: Cavs Looking to Package Kevin Love and 8th Pick on Draft Night https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/19/report-cavs-looking-to-package-kevin-love-and-8th-pick-on-draft-night/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:06:49 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29784 The NBA draft is set for Thursday night with the Cleveland Cavaliers currently looking at their options for the evening. They hold the eighth overall pick in that selection process, but according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has a desire to offer that pick along with veteran forward Kevin Love in a trade. […]

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The NBA draft is set for Thursday night with the Cleveland Cavaliers currently looking at their options for the evening. They hold the eighth overall pick in that selection process, but according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has a desire to offer that pick along with veteran forward Kevin Love in a trade.

Love, who turns 30 in September, was limited by injury and played just 59 games during the past regular season. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, playing at both power forward and center during the course of the year.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, Love was put into concussion protocol after leaving Game 6 of that series after sustaining a blow to the head just five minutes into the game. He subsequently missed the Game 7 matchup won by the Cavaliers two nights later.

The Cavaliers acquired that pick, originally the property of the Brooklyn Nets, from the Boston Celtics as part of last August’s Kyrie Irving trade. At the time of the deal, the expectation was that the pick could potentially be the top overall pick or within the first three or four spots. However, the combination of a number of other bad teams and slight improvement by the Nets ended up placing the pick at the eighth spot.

While Love’s numbers were down from his performance during the 2016-17 campaign, he still managed to average a virtual double-double on the year. If Cleveland were to pull the trigger on such a deal, it could affect the pending free-agency decision of LeBron James. After returning to the Cavaliers four years ago, James pushed for the Cavaliers to acquire Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Since that time, James has largely been supportive of Love, despite frequent criticism being directed at his teammate. In addition, during these past four years, rumors of Love being traded elsewhere have periodically surfaced. Obviously, none have come true, which could once again mean that this story never rises above the rumor stage.

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Cavs Rumors: Trae Young Had ‘Secret Workout’ With Cleveland Cavaliers https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/19/report-trae-young-had-secret-workout-with-cleveland-cavaliers/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:06:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29792 With the 2018 NBA Draft just over 48 hours away, the players that the teams at the top of the draft have zeroed in on have begun to become quite clear. While a recent report indicated that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in drafting Michael Porter Jr. with the eighth overall pick, it was Trae […]

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With the 2018 NBA Draft just over 48 hours away, the players that the teams at the top of the draft have zeroed in on have begun to become quite clear.

While a recent report indicated that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in drafting Michael Porter Jr. with the eighth overall pick, it was Trae Young who reportedly took part in a workout with the Cavs this past Saturday.

Young may not only be a target for the Cavs because of his gifts as a long-range shooter, but also because LeBron James has seemingly been a fan of his for quite some time. The four-time MVP posted a picture with Young to his Instagram back in late 2017.

There are a lot of reasons to be a fan of the 6-foot-2 guard. In one season with the Oklahoma Sooners, Young averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. He also shot 42.2 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Still, there are questions about his athleticism and whether or not his style of play will translate to the NBA.

It appears the Cavaliers have their ideal targets if they end up hanging onto their first-round pick. The other option is for Cleveland to trade the valuable pick in an attempt to bring an established star to Northeast Ohio.

Whatever they ultimately plan to do, it’s sure to be an exciting 48 hours from now to the draft.

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