LeBron isnt going anywhere....he owns the state of Ohio. Only place I could see him going where he would not look like a mercenary is possibly LAL. again- is it a SURE thing he stays in Cleveland? of course not- he has here what he will have no where else. Not only that--- but if they use the pick to secure another player- there is no where else he could realistically go that would give him a better shot to win. again- this comes down to some math. The cap is set to be about 103M next year. The Lakers COULD stretch Deng, and get rid of Clarkson. So- Deng would go out to like 5 years- about a little more than 7M a year for 5 years instead of 18M a year for the next 2 years. lets ASSUME they do that--- and assume what with Randle? just let him walk? Or pay him between 12 and 18 a year? --- lets say they stretch Deng, get off Clarksons deal by trading him into cap space, and let Randle walk- MAXIMUM cap room. Lets say they sign George and LeBron. Whats left? PG. Ball- 7M - SG. Ingram- 6M SF. LBJ- 35M PF. PG- 31M C. Zubac- 1.5M bench: Nance Jr. 2M, Hart 2M, Kuzma 2M. Deng's dead money of 7M that equals a TOTAL of : just about 94M that team pretty much fucking blows outside of George and LeBron for the immediate season- and has LESS than 10M (about 7M) to finish it off. Lonzo will be 21 years old for the entire season (well 20 for the very start). Ingram will be 22 for the entire season. Neither will be ready to contribute meaningfully on a championship contender. Is LeBron going to spend the last year or two of his absolute prime baby sitting? contrast that with playing with a team like: PG- Isaiah Thomas SG- Jr Smith SF- LeBron James PF- TT C- Love and that doesnt even count the Brooklyn pick OR the Cavs own first round pick. The Cavs could put together a MONSTER package of the Brooklyn pick, their own first rounder, and guys like Osman and Zizic- EACH who would have been first rounders in the passed years draft- for a VERY good player or two. LeBron would have to decide to LEAVE Cleveland, to go to a team that has no chance of winning to babysit. Doesnt make any sense.