During a radio spot with ESPN Cleveland Tuesday, NBA insider Brian Windhorst offered the latest on what he's hearing about the LeBron James decision.
James has until June 29 to decide whether to opt in to his contract for next season or opt for free agency. The four-time MVP is widely expected to enter the open market and choose between either staying in Cleveland, or taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets or Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavs, who drafted Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, have begun to behave as though they expect James to leave this offseason and are preparing for the future, per Windhorst.
"From the Kyrie [Irving] trade forward, a lot of the Cavs' moves have been toward a post-LeBron future," Windhorst said. "I don’t think LeBron was involved in their draft pick whatsoever. When Koby [Altman] says we’re in the player development business and not the championship winning business, that signals what they're thinking LeBron is going to do."
Windhorst added there are only three or four people who know what LeBron is thinking, and for the most part, they're not talking to anyone.
James will surely not go to the Lakers unless LA is able to get Paul George or Kawhi Leonard. There's also the possibility James could sign a one-plus-one deal to remain with the Cavs and enter free agency again in the summer of 2019.