The key to the Cleveland Cavaliers offseason being deemed a success is trading the No. 8 pick for a star and retaining Northeast Ohio-native LeBron James. With a host of teams vying for his services despite his advanced age, James has to inform the Cavs whether he intends to opt out of the final year of his contract with the team by 11:59 p.m. on June 29.
The only leg up the Cavs might have is the fact they play in the Eastern Conference, as the Spurs likely would rather not trade Leonard to a team in the West. One such person who subscribes to this theory is Shaquille O'Neal, who understands first hand that trying to spend the end of your professional career accumulating championships isn't necessarily the best idea. So I got four. "It's hard to see how they can work a deal for Leonard, who has only one year left on his contract".
"Somebody told me a long time ago - they said your book is already set. So LeBron's book is already set", O'Neal said in the interview.
At the end of his career, O'Neal made a decision to switch between teams, including the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. But if I was him, I wouldn't be trying to get four, five and six because it ain't going to matter.
Shaq added that LeBron's book is essentially already written, and he's going to go down as one of the all-time greats no matter what. It's just something else to talk about, something else to add to the pages.
Now that the Golden State Warriors have clinched their third title in four seasons by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, there are a few big questions that will dominate the offseason. James now only has three championship rings to his name, three less than Michael Jordan, yet some fans are okay overlooking King James' lack of rings as the rest of his career more than makes up for it. If LeBron leaves this summer and then Leonard leaves next summer, the Cavs will nearly surely be one of the league's worst teams.