The Cleveland Cavaliers will be doing everything they can between now and June 29 to try and convince LeBron James to not use his option on his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The four-time MVP winner has until June 29 to decide if he'll be opting out of his $35.6 million contract option with the Cavaliers for next season. If he does decline it, he will become an unrestricted free agent, and it will be the second time which he has left Cleveland in his career.
The Cavs are doing everything they can in order to see if they can convince the King to stay. However, they're also doing everything they can to make sure they can still compete if he was to leave the franchise this offseason.
Walker to Cavs?
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavaliers have inquired to the Charlotte Hornets about the availability of point guard Kemba Walker. If Cleveland is able to acquire Walker, it would be quite the signing.
Walker, who became the Hornets all-time leading scorer this last season, has just one year left on his current deal at $12 million, and could be both a good player for next season as a means to bolster another James Finals run, or as a focal piece moving forward if the King was to leave the team this summer.
This isn't the only time which Walker has been linked with a move away from Charlotte, as the point guard was linked with a trade away from the Hornets around the trade deadline earlier this year, but nothing came to fruition.
Kemba might not be enough to sway LeBron to stay, but he could be a part of a huge summer of trades and deals for the Cavaliers, as they have also been linked with a move for San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard.
While the Spurs forward has expressed a desire to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, the Cavaliers could provide Kawhi with everything he needs, which is a place where he will get paid, compete for a championship, and not be the center of attention on the team.
In order for any of these trades to happen though, a third team will likely have to be brought into the mix.
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