Sagar Trika: Woj: LeBron James’s decision won’t be quick and will likely stretch into July. Implication here is that it can’t be an opt-in-and-trade, as the player option deadline is June 29. Keep an eye on what he decides to do at the end of the month (a week from this upcoming Friday).
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The challenge is finding the best situation out there that puts James on something more closely resembling a level playing field with the Warriors and their four All-Stars. “Everyone is trying to figure that out,” James acknowledged Thursday.
If Paul stays with the Rockets, Houston becomes the closest thing to a favorite on my scorecard, no matter how complicated it would be for the 65-win Rockets and their general manager, Daryl Morey, to orchestrate the requisite salary-cap gymnastics to bring James in. But don’t discount the idea that James could try to bring Paul with him to a team that can afford two superstars, such as the Lakers, because he and Paul really are that close.
Paul Garcia: If LeBron exercises his player option and gets traded like Chris Paul, he’ll make $35,607,968 next season (per BI). If he signs elsewhere with cap space, he’ll earn $35,350,000 next season. He has until June 29 to make the player option decision.
The prevailing thought from outside the Cavaliers is that LeBron forces a trade rather than walking away. Much like his good friend Chris Paul, LeBron can choose to opt into his final contract year and push his way to a team with existing stars – like Houston. The fact that teams like the Lakers and even the Philadelphia 76ers could sign him outright in free agency gives him some leverage.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Cleveland never approached LeBron James about waiving his no-trade clause. The team committed to righting ship with hopes of retaining James.
Following yet another disheartening loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 116-98 to an Orlando Magic team tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James said he will not waive his no-trade clause ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. “I’m here for the long haul,” James said. “I’m here for this season right now, [to] try to figure out ways we can still compete. I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I couldn’t do that. I just couldn’t do it. We put too much into the game every single day. We go out and prepare. Win, lose or draw, at the end of the day, we’re all brothers, and we understand that. I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”
LeBron James confirmed he will not waive his no-trade clause by Thursday’s deadline and expressed his commitment to the Cavs for the rest of this season. “I’m here for the long haul,” James said after a 116-98 loss to the Orlando Magic.
LeBron James: “I’m here for this season right now, try to figure out ways we can still compete. I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I couldn’t do that. I just couldn’t do it. I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”
There has been no indication publicly that Gilbert wants to trade James, and a team official said last month James was the one player the Cavs absolutely would not deal.
LeBron James will not waive the no-trade clause in his contract, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal Tuesday, and remains focused on winning now with the Cavaliers. With the NBA trade deadline looming on Thursday, teams have inquired about whether that was a possibility with James, according to a report by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
LeBron James will not waive his no trade clause. A source told cleveland.com as much on Saturday night. James may even choose to resign with the Cavs this summer, and at any rate would not want to be dealt to a team that he didn’t hand pick as the precise, right situation for him.
Cleveland has attempted to behave as a buyer at the trade deadline, but the first approach toward a possible rebuild would be to examine trading the team’s core players — a conversation the Cavaliers have yet to broach with James, and both sides understand his position to play the season out, league sources said. Over the past several days, teams around the league have openly wondered about whether Cleveland would look into James dropping his no-trade — which would clear the way for a potential pursuit. However, James remains solely focused on competing for a championship in Cleveland this season and evaluating his future after the season ends.
Shams Charania: Sources: As NBA teams do due diligence on his no-trade clause and potential of him dropping it, LeBron James is determined to see year through in Cleveland, focused on season and will not waive the clause.
“I think the pressure gets pretty high,” said a rival team executive. “If it’s not working, they should either move the [Nets] pick or Love or LeBron. Those should all be on the table.”
LeBron James may or may not be “100 percent” certain to leave Cleveland after this season, but the Cavaliers are reportedly already preparing for life without the King. According to Kevin Durant, James has more than earned the right to dictate the terms of any possible departure. Durant was replying to a tweet Wednesday from rapper Lil Dicky, who said, “If I’m Cleveland, I’m one thousand percent trading LeBron.” James actually has a no-trade clause in his contract, which also gives him the ability to opt out in 2018, but the Warriors forward took the tweet at face value, saying that the Cavs “can’t trade a legend.” “He is Cleveland, he gets to hold the cards,” Durant added.
Durant then returned to his exchange with Lil Dicky, who had noted the acrimony between Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and James over the latter’s 2010 exit in free agency. “If I’m Gilbert, I’m getting something back this time,” the rapper said. “I feel what you’re saying,” Durant replied. “Most owners think that way, but then you realize it’s LeBron James.”
No matter the reconstruction of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster, no matter the potential for heightened inner turmoil, no matter the win-loss record, and with or without Kyrie Irving, LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause for any teams at any point during the 2017-18 season, league sources tell ESPN.
James, along with Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony, are the only players equipped with no-trade clauses. The Cavaliers’ superstar holds a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, which means he could elect to test unrestricted free agency next summer. In regards to that scenario, a decision has not been made.
Sources are adamant that James is fully committed to leading the team with the personnel the organization imports to training camp in September. His primary focus is next season, an entire season with the Cavs in pursuit of another championship.
Anthony would also be willing to play with LeBron James in Cleveland but as of now the two teams have not been able to come close to striking a deal. Anthony is also concerned that LeBron may leave the Cavs next summer once LeBron becomes a free agent. It has been speculated for weeks that James is interested in signing with the Lakers.
Bobby Marks: On the LeBron James contract. James joins Melo, KG and Dirk as players with a no trade clause. 8 seasons and with current team 4 yrs to be eligible. James previous stint in Cleveland applies to a no trade clause.
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The Suns will be busy before July 1. Expect them to renounce their rights to center Alex Len and point guard Elfrid Payton, making them both free agents. Ayton’s addition has made Len expendable, and while Phoenix still needs point-guard help, Payton’s inconsistent play last season and, more importantly, his $10 million cap hold figure, likely means he’s played his last game in a Suns uniform. Letting Len and Payton walk will put Phoenix approximately $10 million under the cap.
The drafting of 7-footer Mitchell Robinson in the second round Thursday has put 7-foot-1 center Luke Kornet’s future in flux, according to sources. Kornet was on a two-way contract last season after being undrafted last June and the Knicks have extended a qualifying offer for another two-way deal ahead of his restricted-free agency.
If another club gives the former Vanderbilt star an offer for the regular minimum contract for a second-year player ($1.2M), there could be a chance the Knicks don’t match it, pending Robinson’s summer-league performance. According to a source, there will be a handful of clubs with a passing interest. The stickiest part is Kornet, a new-age outside-shooting 3-point shooter who played 20 games, may not play Knicks summer league because of the uncertainty.
Michael Scotto: Former 2013 first-round draft pick Archie Goodwin will play in Summer League with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told The Athletic. Goodwin was in training camp with Portland last year.
Brett Brown, interim 76ers general manager, apparently doesn’t believe in hitting singles. He’s all about swinging for the fences. Brown isn’t hoping to add a role player to help the team he coaches — he’s looking for a difference-maker to get the Sixers from 52 wins a year ago to a championship contender. He made that clear Thursday night during and after the NBA Draft, and again during Friday’s news conference introducing first-round picks Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet. “The whole notion of star hunting, star chasing, star development is at the forefront of everything we do,” Brown said. “I would just like to go there to admit it to all of us. The timeline is now.”
It might be more likely they end up with none of them, but Brown sees no reason to try to make a minor move at this point. “I’m here to win a championship,” Brown said Friday. “We are star hunting … (and) you need assets to trade for a star. That unprotected pick is gold.”