The Cleveland Cavaliers face an uncertain offseason. There's a very strong chance they lose LeBron James in free agency, which would of course be a major blow.
Because James doesn't figure to decide on his next move for a little while, Cleveland must approach the upcoming NBA Draft with a dual-pronged plan. They have to try and enhance their team partially to appeal to James in a last-minute attempt to keep him, but also so they don't have a completely barren roster if James walks.
Reports have indicated they have already contacted the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard. According to a new report from Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, another NBA All-Star on their radar is Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.
They are taking calls from teams looking to move up in the draft via trade, and are seeking proven NBA vets whose presence would both improve the roster and be enticing to James.
They've also been "obsessed" with the draft since acquiring Brooklyn's pick from the Celtics last summer for Kyrie Irving, so using it to take a player for themselves is of course a very real possibility.
Cleveland has in fact inquired about Kawhi Leonard's availability from the Spurs, among others, and league sources suggested Charlotte's Kemba Walker could be in play for the Cavs.
Cleveland must make its first-round pick on Thursday due to league rules, but as Vardon points out, they could eventually trade the player they choose 30 days after they sign him.
There's a famous precedent here for that. It's what Cleveland did with Andrew Wiggins back in 2014 when they used the Kansas star to acquire Kevin Love.
Walker, meanwhile, made the All-Star Game for the second year in a row. He averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 assists per game for Charlotte.