Cavaliers coach asked a 15x All-Star to come out of retirement for title run

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are flying high and look primed to make it to their third straight NBA Finals, dominating the Eastern Conference once again. 

When a team is led by LeBron James, who happens to be flanked by Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that sort of thing happens. It's also the kind of team that is typically able to single out former superstars who are looking to make one last run to cap their career off with a title. 

The Cavaliers have a few players like that in Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson, but head coach Tyronn Lue revealed they had their eyes on another retired star to help round out their frontcourt rotation. He put a call in to a former rival of LeBron's, but he turned it down. For now.

Lue joined ESPN's Cavaliers beat writer Dave McMenamin for the NBA Lockdown podcast and revealed that he made a legitimate pitch to bring Kevin Garnett to the Cavaliers following Andrew Bogut's devastating leg injury shortly after the trade deadline.

Lue revealed he tried to lure Garnett back into playing, with the two having a good relationship due to Tyronn previously serving as an assistant coach when KG was still on the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers' coach laid out how the conversation went.

"I was like, 'Man, you should come back and play for me.' He was like, 'Man, you all have a lot going on over there. [Garnett] was like, 'If you and [James] Posey were still playing, I would come.'" Lue told McMenamin. 

Garnett ultimately let Lue know he would be passing on cashing in on a title run, but Tyronn revealed he also told The Big Ticket he'll put in another call to see if he's changed his mind next year. 

The Cavaliers were in dire need of a rotation big man after Bogut's injury, even reaching as far as Larry Sanders - who had been out of the league for years due to personal issues - to try to fill out their big man stable. They've since parted ways with Sanders.

It's fascinating to think about Garnett wearing a Cavaliers uniform. KG was a nightmare for LeBron for years in the Eastern Conference, becoming a rival with the Cavaliers' superstar due to their playoff battles.

It'd be a strange twist of fate for Garnett to come out of retirement as one of the pieces Cleveland leaned on to make another championship run. That would have been one amazing story to follow, but there's apparently always next year. 

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