The LeBron James rumors are flying fast and furious, with the latest being a big trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marc Stein of ESPN.com has reported that the Cavs have agreed to trade Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev and Tyler Zeller in a three-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics in order to free up cap space. Who, exactly, do you think they’re doing that for?
In the proposed trade, the Nets would receive Jack and Karasev, with the Celtics getting Marcus Thornton (from Nets), Zeller and a future first-round pick from the Cavaliers. Would the Cavaliers trade a first-rounder away if they didn’t think they had LeBron in the bag? Actually, yeah.
This cap space comes out to between $21-to-24 million, depending on who you’re listening to. With LeBron’s max offer at $20.7 million, they could certainly afford to get him and would have a couple million left over to worth with. But there’s more than just James on the market, right? Let’s take a look at some legitimate options (mostly with LeBron) to see what the general manager of the Cavs can do.