After the eighth pick and Love, the Cavs' best hopes, assuming they intend to hold on to Larry Nance Jr., are a trade exception and a 37-year-old who often thrives against the East but can't play against the Warriors.
National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O'Neal does not think LeBron James needs to chase further championships as his legacy is already secure.
"I'm not going to tell you to rule [LA out]...look what happened with Kyrie, I definitely don't have trust in the Cavs front office and neither does LeBron, but it would have to take a lot."
Cleveland's most attractive asset is the No. 8 overall pick.
Cleveland could net a promising, young player with the eighth pick, but the odds of landing an immediate difference-maker are low considering the likes of center Deandre Ayton, guard Luka Doncic and forward Marvin Bagley will nearly certainly be off the board before then. Who do you draft when your biggest star could be leaving? It will likely be a long process with a lot of rumors and storylines, and one that will be very irritating to Cavs fans.
It's worth mentioning that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and reports are the Spurs won't trade him within the Western Conference. Everyone seems to be acting like he's already gone, but is remaining with the Cavs a real possibility?
And it's why you see them linked to the likes of Chandler Parsons, whose $49.2 million over the next two years the Memphis Grizzlies are desperately trying to unload.
It shouldnt surprise though to everyone if James, in the end, decides to stay at home, where he, not only succeeded in bringing the only major sports championship in history to the city of Cleveland, but, likewise, building a lasting legacy on and off the court. However, James himself is not certain whether he will return to Cleveland, according to the report, and therefore can not share his intentions with the franchise.
However, Kyrie Irving put the Cavs in the position to draft high this year.