The injuries are a worthy excuse, as everyone from five-time All-Star Kevin Love (left hand; expected back later this month) to new addition Rodney Hood (back; day to day), Cedi Osman (left hip; two weeks) and Tristan Thompson (right ankle; multiple games) remain out. It’s the kind of ill-timed rash of injuries that muddies these all-important waters, with James fully admitting that conclusions about the revamped Cavs are hard to reach in times like these. “Listen, at the end of the day you’ve got to (play with) whoever you’ve got out on the floor,” James said afterward. “You want to get the most out of whoever’s playing, but sometimes you just can’t overcome this many injuries that we have.” James was then asked if it’s hard to figure out if the Cavs are heading in the right direction. “You don’t know,” he answered. “I mean, you don’t know.”
June 20, 2018 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
The Los Angeles Lakers recently called an organizational meeting warning all employees about possible tampering ahead of a free agent signing period in which they are expected to play a key role, with the ability to sign two superstars, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN.