April 14, 2024

Would I Trade LeBron if he Didn’t Have a No-Trade Clause? Maybe…


LeBron is like a girlfriend.

He provides for you, gives you great moments, but sometimes is just a pain in the behind. He yields so much power that it sometimes makes him impossible to work with, something all too familiar for Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cavs brass that have to deal with his every request.

The biggest problem with LeBron is how valuable he is and the fact that he knows he carries it. Without LeBron, the Cavs are a bottom-feeder team that may win 30 games, if they’re lucky. He is so talented that he turned around the Cavs and made them into a title contender in just one season when he came back in 2014.

As we all know, without LeBron, there would be no championship banner in Cleveland.

But, as the old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.”

To be clear, I know LeBron has a no-trade clause and will not be leaving Cleveland for the remainder of the season. Thus, this is purely a hypothetical article, due to the fact that it’s impossible.

If the Cavs faced either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets in a seven-game series, they’d likely get swept by both. If they played the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors in a seven-game series, they wouldn’t win against either. Even if a trade is made for say DeAndre Jordan, it’s unlikely that it’ll be enough to win a championship this year.

LeBron understands that his years are limited and he’s hungry for championships, plus he does not like Dan Gilbert and the locker room in the Cleveland is toxic. So let’s say that as of right now it looks like LeBron is going to leave Cleveland for the second time. I would want to leave this piece of garbage team, too.

If we can’t win a championship this year with LeBron and it’s likely he’ll leave at the end of the year, wouldn’t you want to get some value from him? That’s where I would trade him. The Cavs would receive at least a quality player and pick for James (the rental) and if LeBron agreed to sign a long-term deal with the buyer, the Cavs would get so much more.

Plus, there would be no pressure to trade the Brooklyn pick because there would be no pressure to compete this year. The Cavs would draft two (maybe more with the picks received in a LeBron trade) young stars and start over with a bunch of kids on the roster.

Over the course of 3-5 years, they would become a winning team as the Warriors dynasty dies down, which is honestly unbeatable. LeBron would go on a compete for his championships and who could blame him? He wants to win and it’s not happening here in Cleveland anymore.

Now, the obvious flaw with my plan is what if LeBron has plans to stay in Cleveland for the rest of his career? My answer to that would be that I wouldn’t trade him if I knew this, but he has given no indication of staying in a Cavs uniform past this season.

Sure, the Cavs could “compete” for a title for the rest of LeBron’s career, but it’s doubtful they’ll win it again with the firepower of the West. Starting a rebuild now instead of when LeBron is 38 would speed up the process of getting back to the actual top of the NBA instead of almost winning every year.

But, LeBron isn’t getting traded. So none of this really matters. If LeBron does leave Cleveland, the Cavs should do a sign and trade just like they did in 2010 with Miami.

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