Cavs want to keep Kevin Love even if LeBron James leaves

Carrie Guzman
June 24, 2018

"I've been told that the only thing that'll keep LeBron James in Cleveland is if his lovely wife, Savannah, and those three handsome children of his say, 'Daddy ..."

But ESPN's Kellerman thinks that if there is any way that James will stay at Quicken Loans Arena, it will be because other avenues with the Lakers, the Rockets and the 76ers have been shut down.

Really, though, there's just a few teams that have that chance. He set Alabama's freshman scoring record, finishing with 632 total points while becoming just the fourth player in school history to score 630 or more points. So just building relationships with your teammates - that's the biggest thing.

Cavs general manager Koby Altman said the Cavs expected to keep Sexton, rather than include him in a trade this summer, and believed he would be a starting-caliber player from day one.

"I hope", Altman said.

The Cavaliers selected a point guard and pitch man. He played in all of the Cavs' 104 games, regular season and post, and averaged 34 points in the playoffs.

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"You take Philly out, you take Houston out if they have cap problems; Daryl Morey - we all assume he can swing it, but let's say he can't - and the Lakers out, all of a sudden LeBron looks around and says, 'I might as well stay put'".

I know many people are wondering why he would do so, considering Cleveland's roster and LeBron's lack of trust in the front office.

Ken Berger of Bleacher Report reached out to several executives around the National Basketball Association following the draft to ask them if the Cavs drafting Colin Sexton matters to LeBron, and there was definitive consensus. Additionally, if he does opt out, Cleveland would be right there in the running to get him to sign another deal.

The Cavaliers spent considerable time bemoaning a Kevin Love trade last summer falling through.

In the East, Philadelphia and Boston are up-and comers, but the Cavs will be better than they were a year ago by picking someone eighth in the draft.

In an interview with and Fox Sports Ohio's Fred McLeod, Cavs draft pick Collin Sexton said he plans on wearing No. 2 with his new team. The Cavs have always been interested in Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships.

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