Trading draft rights, Kevin Love are options for Cavaliers | Jeff Schudel

LeBron James is the centerpiece of the Cavs but he's also like a franchise unto himself

LeBron James is the centerpiece of the Cavs but he's also like a franchise unto himself

LeBron James has nearly a week to inform the Cleveland Cavaliers whether he intends to pick up the option on his contract for next season or opt out and become a free agent on July 1.

The Cavs drafted their point guard of the future on Thursday night, and they got a star in Collin Sexton.

"I've been told that the only thing that'll keep LeBron James in Cleveland is if his lovely wife, Savannah, and those three attractive children of his say, 'Daddy ..." He's done that before, so this is nothing new for us. We want to respect his space during this process.

"I've watched him play", Lue said. While consistently averaging a double-double, making All-Star appearances, and being able to knock down open threes all while continuing to produce on both ends of the floor even though the power forward has been counted on to guard the opposing center at times, Love hasn't let any of that affect him.

Whether James stays or leaves Cleveland, the Cavs' getting a playmaker was on top of the team's priority list ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft and that reflected in the Cavs' taking Sexton off the board early. After the Golden State Warriors swept them in this year's Finals, the Cavs' main concern shifted to keeping LeBron James committed to the franchise, and not leaving this summer.

Best coach: Greg Popovich; Best Two-Way Player In The League: Kawhi Leonard; Best Player In The World: LeBron James.

Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors actually preceded a 16-percent drop in average Warriors ticket costs, whereas Irving and Hayward relocating to the Boston Celtics registered a 50-percent increase in average ticket costs in 2017-18 - still sizable, but a hearty 30 percent less than LeBron's initial return to Cleveland.

Love has two seasons remaining on his deal with the Cavaliers and is owed just more than $49.7 million.

The Cavs did not have any indication about James' decision heading into the draft.

The 19-year-old also carried them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The second year is a player option.

Perhaps LeBron is hoping to team up with Paul George. The Cavs could use this pick as leverage to either acquire a current National Basketball Association talent or just simply to add an extra draft pick inside of the top-30.

Of course, the flip side of that is youth - or at least the Cavs' collection of it - isn't likely to impress James. "And then Collin, we got to get there with experience as well". "Keep my mouth shut and go about my business and work and be ready and be prepared for this team next year".

That isn't to say that he isn't happy with the Sexton pick.

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