Whether they get him or not, the Cleveland Cavaliers are definitely doing their part to bring back LeBron James. The Cavs will trade Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday as part of a three-team deal with the Boston Celtics. The move frees up $9.5 million in salary-cap space for Cleveland to further pursue James and offer him a max contract. James is reportedly seriously considering leaving the Miami Heat and returning to his former team.
In total, this trade will have the Nets acquiring Jack and shooting guard Sergey Karasev from Cleveland, while the Celtics will take on the contract of Marcus Thornton from Brooklyn, Cavs center Tyler Zeller, and a future first-round pick from Cleveland.
If King James is seriously considering the Cavs, as reported, then this trade is bound to be a topic of discussion during his meeting with Heat president Pat Riley today in Las Vegas.
Rich Paul, Jame’s agent, formally met with the Cavaliers last week, before James himself met with them Sunday. A new Big Three of James, Kyrie Irving, and Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, would certainly make for a viable force, especially in the league’s weaker Eastern Conference. Add to that, today’s report of the Cavs also interested in adding Ray Allen and/or Mike Miller, good friends of James’s, to their roster and Cleveland is shaping up to be a luring situation for LBJ.
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