Cavs face draft day dilemma Keep pick or trade to win now


The Cleveland Cavaliers face a daunting dilemma when the 2018 NBA Draft unfolds on Thursday June 21.

Do the Cavs keep the No. 8 pick and prepare for a possible future without LeBron James or trade the selection for the possibility of landing Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs?

According to a report from Cleveland.com the Cavaliers are among the teams placing calls to the Spurs regarding disgruntled superstar who has requested to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The problem is the Cavs don’t appear to have the necessary assets that would secure Leonard, and even if they did there is still no guarantee that trading for Leonard would keep LeBron in the fold for next season and beyond.

Rumors have been running rampant that LeBron James’ budding star son has already committed to Los Angeles region high school basketball powerhouse Sierra

Canyon, which already has prominent former NBA stars sons on its California State Championship roster.

Couple that with two mansions that LeBron already owns and one can assume that Los Angeles is his likely next destination.

In the meantime, the Cavs have a roster of players that likely over achieved because of LeBron and are vastly over paid, locked in on contracts that would not be attractive to any contending suitors.

One thing is for certain, even if the Spurs trade Leonard they will not be in a rebuilding mold, thus any chance of the Cavs getting a seat at the Leonard table is highly unlikely.

Owner Dan Gilbert has been opening up his checkbook for the past four seasons in order to keep LeBron happy and contending for championships, a glorious span that brought a title in 2016 and four consecutive NBA Finals appearances.