Cavs' Altman says there's a 'good dialogue' with James

Arnold Nichols
July 2, 2018

If LeBron remains a Cavalier, the Cavs can trade that 8th-pick player in a month for whatever they can get. Dan Gilbert will spare no expense and is committed to winning championships. But through that process we wanted to focus on long-term success, sustainability. This number obviously goes down if James opts to sign elsewhere, but even without James the Cavs will not have space.

Collin Sexton to the Cleveland Cavaliers? "This franchise is healthy, it has youth, it has talent".

Sexton is 19. He doesn't turn 20 until January.

As for Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic, John Holland, and Okaro White, the Summer League will be an opportunity for them to break a sweat after barely being used last season. Jackson played in 46 games with the Cavaliers over two seasons without a start.

Sexton also made a pitch for James during ESPN's broadcast of the draft, saying the Cavaliers can return to the Finals if he comes back.

The Cavs believe Sexton, who earned his "Young Bull" nickname in high school for his charge-ahead playing style, can help them finally offset the loss of Irving.

The team needs a player that is able to lead, a player whose weaknesses the Cavs can potentially correct, build up his current strengths and grow new levels of performance inside of his role.

Sexton averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman for the Crimson Tide. I really like the Villanova star who is a determined defender and accurate 3-point shooter. They never came close, and without a dependable second scoring option or a guard, James was forced to shoulder a heavier load than ever.

"When we did the Kevin Love deal (in 2014), the trades, we didn't have a chance to have draft picks", Lue said. I'm very excited for that challenge. 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. James already owns two homes and a film production company in Southern California. Will said player ever actually suit up in the wine and gold?

The Cavs tried to trade up to acquire the Memphis Grizzlies' No. 4 pick on Thursday, a team source told ESPN, to no avail. Golden State rolled around, you could see how drained and spent he was. "I think the pick along with our youth and our momentum as a franchise, for LeBron and for everybody, I think there's a real energy here". Almost two weeks before James announced that he would take his talents to South Beach during "The Decision" in 2010, Smith reported that he would team up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat.

James has played 15 years in the National Basketball Association, and this would be only the second time the team he is playing for would be using a lottery pick to draft a player. Both the Heat and then the Cavs were loaded with veterans.

With all the rumors flying around about LeBron and other big name free agents, I'm not really sure that I trust this report more than any other. "We're never done trying to improve the roster".

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