The NBA playoffs are over. The NBA draft is over. That can only mean one thing for the Internet Speculation Machine: Bring on NBA free agency!
The biggest real news Sunday was that LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers, becoming an unrestricted free agent. He is widely expected to re-sign with Cleveland, but then again . . . he might not.
In addition to setting himself up for a huge raise in 2016, James’s move could be an attempt to force the Cavs to bring back some or all of their many other free agents, including Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova. Which brings us to this photo:
Well, assuming that is, in fact, the pair of Cavs-in-limbo, a couple of questions occur: 1.) Doesn’t it truly look like King James is holding court?; and 2.) Didn’t he say he was not going to actively recruit Love?
According to our nation’s foremost LeBronologist, the poolside powwow was no cabana cabal at all.
Really, dude? On the very day that James opted out of his contract, he happened to be sipping margs with his presumptive team’s top free agent priority, and that subject never came up?
Of course, even if they were talking about free agency, could they have been discussing going to a team other than the Cavs? What a plot twist that would be!
Still, this can only be seen as good news for Cleveland fans. James is all but a lock to return, but there is a much bigger question about Love, despite his repeated assertions that he would indeed be back. If Love were to join another team, that would mean that the Cavs paid an exorbitant price, including rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins, to trade for one injury-shortened season of disappointing production.
James is too invested in making his return to Cleveland a resounding success to leave something like Love’s free agency fate to chance. Still, if he really wanted to woo the power forward, he might have made sure Love already had somewhere to sit.