While 2017 still has the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of the favourites to be the Eastern Conference representative in the NBA Finals, things could look a lot different from 2018 onwards for the franchise that has been to the Finals in each of the last three seasons.
The reason why is because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of their star player, LeBron James. For now, the four-time MVP looks set to be a Cavaliers player for at least one more season, but in 2018 comes a big decision.
Potentially becoming an unrestricted free agent next year, James could have an array of teams to choose from, with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers currently being tipped as the favourites to acquire him, although a return to Cleveland can't be ruled out either.
Not only that, but the Cavaliers second best player, Kyrie Irving, could be a free agent after the 2018-19 season, so the team could look a look different in just two seasons time.
The 25-year-old was at Tuesday night's Fashionable 50 event by Sports Illustrated in Los Angeles where he was asked how different could the Cavaliers team look in just a couple years considering the latest rumors regarding the futures of himself and LeBron James
Irving said, according to Sports Illustrated: "Like I said, we're in a peculiar place. The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism. Obviously, we have a great owner that's willing to spend a little money on guys that he believes in. At this point, we just see what happens throughout the summer."
Recent reports have suggested the Cavaliers were in contention to trade for Paul George and Jimmy Butler during this offseason, but those deals fell through and those two players went to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves respectively.
How much of a role the missed deals will play into the future of James and Irving remains to be seen, but one would think it would play a big part considering the success the team has had over the last few seasons.
Considering as well how teams in the Western Conference, such as the Golden State Warriors, are building, and if James does decide to leave the Cavaliers, Irving might have a very difficult decision to make over his own NBA future in just two years time.News Now - Sport News