Cavs head into great unknown with free agency looming

The Golden State Warriors star, along with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James (31,038), are viewed as two prime candidates who could overthrow Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) as the league's all-time regular-season scoring leader. "All I know is they're the two best players that I've ever witnessed".

It's hard to figure out where James will end up, but it seems pretty clear what will happen to Love if James leaves Cleveland.

"But I will focus on the people that love me the most, that encourage me, that pour into me and vice versa".

"It's something where I'm sure he will spend time with his family and when that times comes to make a decision, he will be in a good frame of mind", Love told WKYC 3 over the weekend. Will he decide to stay home and re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers or will he take his talents somewhere else? He opted out of his contract each season to not only keep the pressure on the Cavs' front office but to maximize his earnings. The rule previously didn't let teams sign players to five-year deals if they turned older than 36. Does he want to further expand his brand (and bank account)?

"The one thing that I've always done is consider my family, understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age", James said.

"I haven't really thought about it", Curry said of how long the Warriors might reign.

Free agency will present a number of intriguing options to James, who will have the option of starting anew with a handful of well-equipped suitors or returning to Cleveland to possibly finish his career where he started it.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, James wouldn't have worn the cast if his injury already had not been reported. We took some money on Cleveland at 20-1.

Houston Rockets - James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant all became too good for the same jersey in Oklahoma City, as there weren't enough shots to go around. That could force teams to have to trade for James, which would benefit both him and the Cavs.

There may not be an National Basketball Association player whose name has popped up more in trade rumors over the last few years than Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

Smith tweeted that the Heat are among seven teams in the running for the services of the 15-year veteran who continues to play at an elite level. If he were to play beyond five years, it's likely he could compete for the all-time scoring title, but Durant said that's not a priority to him.

Cleveland can offer James more money - a five-year, US$209 million contract - than anyone else, but the larger issue is what it can do to improve a roster that's now short on title-winning performance.

  • Julie Sanders