The Cavs evened their series against the Pacers, but Colin thinks there’s a good chance Cleveland could get bounced in the first round. If and when they are eliminated, LeBron’s focus will turn to his next free agency decision, and whether he will stay with the Cavs or leave for his third NBA team.
According to one of Colin’s sources close to James, he would like to give Cleveland the first chance to re-sign him, but has told those close to him that he knows he can’t win a title with the current roster. The Cavs also don’t have much flexibility to upgrade in the offseason because the core of their roster still has multiple years left remaining on their deals. Among those are the immovable contracts of JR Smith, Tristan Thompson – who is currently benched, George Hill and Kevin Love, who are all signed through 2019-2020.
If LeBron does stay, he will essentially be signing up for more of the same, which means no shot at a title. He is also keenly aware that Philly and Boston are ascending while the Cavs are declining.
Watch Colin discuss the factors surrounding LeBron’s next decision.
“LeBron wants to give Cleveland the first option to keep him, but he’s told teammates and people close to him this roster is bad… He knows he has no shot to win a title.”
“LeBron wants to give Cleveland the first option to keep him, but he’s told teammates and people close to him this roster is bad… He knows he has no shot to win a Title.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/0FSP1mA5T7
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 19, 2018