While LeBron ponders James' future, the Cleveland Cavaliers must do the same. When James leaves, there are three ways in which you can maximize your recovery with your last remaining fortune: Kevin Love.
Kevin Love did not ask for it. He did not ask for action against the cavaliers when LeBron James came home. He did not ask to be the center of trade rumors with Klay Thompson or the center of so much control on the Cavs. Whether LeBron stays in Cleveland or brings his talents to Long Beach, the Cavaliers have made a decision about the future of the franchise, and that really means only one thing: What are they doing with Love?
The answer in any case, could be to do it. If LeBron decides to stay, the package could be for players who can help Cleveland return to the NBA Finals. A conversion is waiting when James chooses the outcome that should lead the Cavs towards young players and expiring contracts, especially with apparently half of the league looking for a contract in the summer of 201
Here are three quotes to start the Reconstruction in Cleveland (19659005) The Bucks Trade
Jabari Parker, Eric Bledsoe, Thon Maker
Kevin Love, Kyle Korver
This scenario requires a sign-and-trade with Jabari Parker, the center-piece young player in the deal. Parker, a Chicago boy who said he'd like to stay in the Midwest, has red flags, but was a borderline All-Star before that ACL tear.
The Cavaliers would also get a former lottery picker who still owns up, plus does not bring the ground clearance in the middle position to Tristan Thompson. His presence is working to modernize this team. Bledsoe is a payroll for the Bucks, but has only a year left on his deal and could be a trading chip for the Cavs down the line. If not, it is an expiring contract and gives them financial freedom in 2019.
Meanwhile, the Bucks add a shootout to a team around Giannis Antetokounmpo. The inability of love to protect the rim would not hurt Milwaukee as much as the Cavs, because Giannis is one of the best defenders in basketball. Love can jump back, clear the ground and play the offensive game of the second team. Korvers appeal would be obvious as a spot-up shooter, and at 37, he should simply address any reconstruction team.
Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, Larry Nance Jr.  19659016] Cavaliers Get
CJ McCollum, Myers Leonard
From a salary perspective, a Love McCollum trade works direct, but it's hard to imagine the blazers triggering the deal on such a deal. To sweeten the pot, the Cavs in Nance throw an active, big barrel and in Korver a shooter for the salaries to work. In addition, the Blazers go from the Leonard contract.
The shaky fit here illustrates straight out it might be for the Cavaliers to find a trading partner for love and how hamstrung they are financially through bad deals given to Tristan Thompson, JR Smith and now George Hill over the Trade. The piece of dead money makes it much harder to enter into contracts to get back something of value for love.
It looks as if each team is shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic, but the blazers can not continue with CJ and Damian Lillard and expect different results. Adding love would not solve the deficiencies of their top two stars, but it would mitigate ball losses from congestion and positional redundancies.
In addition, Lillard Love pick and roll would be deadly, and a McCollum / Sexton backcourt more meaning on both sides for the Cavs. It's not a big difference, talent or salary, but the pieces are more congruent.
The Blockbuster Trade
LeBron James, Paul George
Kevin Love, Luol Deng
19659027] Cavaliers Received
Carmelo Anthony, Lonzo Ball
19659009] The highlight. It would take an unlikely abandonment of Carmelo's commercial clauses to get it running, and a financially fun business to get the contracts right. But if the Cavaliers and Thunder know they're losing their players anyway, they could band together to benefit multiple parties
LeBron and George can sign larger contracts in sign-and-trade scenarios. The Thunder get out of the Carmelo contract, while they get Love in return, although they would have to take Deng's salary. And the Cavs get the # 2 overall selection in the NBA Draft 2017 and potential new face of their franchise. Ball can crash into the seats in the Q and fits perfectly with Collin Sexton, who is responsible in the backcourt for scoring and defense.
One reason why Carmelo may be relinquishing his no-trade clause might be a potential buyout in OKC, while he would probably be able to get his full boat contract for 2018 and another free agent in 2019 be. Would he be willing to suffer in Cleveland for a season, if it means a few extra millions? He has shown that money matters more than winning him in the past (and it's hard to blame him.)
The lesson The last few years should be clear now to teams with stars, which they know that they lose – to make their departure easier, make sure that you are compensated. And if you're the Thunder / Cavs, make sure your stars remember that you can sign them for larger contracts to facilitate a deal to their preferred destination. That will not happen, but damn, if it's not funny to think about it.