The face of the NBA has shifted to the Western Conference as LeBron James took his talents from Cleveland to Los Angeles. Of course, the reigning NBA champs reside in the West, but LeBron’s departure from the East leaves a major hole.
Many teams will rush in to fill the gap, including the back-to-back Eastern Conference runner-ups – the Boston Celtics. The Philadelphia 76ers and their young talent are also in the mix.
Immediately after LeBron left, the Cleveland Cavaliers fell into the back of everyone’s minds. But should they? What will become of the Cavs roster moving forward without LeBron?
Questions about the futures of Kevin Love and Kyle Korver have abounded. Will Cleveland trade two of its most valuable assets?
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst attempted to answer that question.
Windhorst: I think the #Cavs would trade Kevin Love and Kyle Korver but aren't out there peppering teams for trade offers. I don't think the Cavs want to trade them, its just that they aren't untouchable. The only untouchable is Collin Sexton.
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) July 12, 2018
Windy thinks both Love and Korver COULD be traded, but that doesn’t mean they will be. The team’s No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft seems to be the only player off limits.
Former Alabama star Collin Sexton is proving his worth during the NBA’s Summer League. Sexton is averaging 18.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in four games so far this summer.
It will be interesting to see what the Cavaliers look like without LeBron. In the four seasons he was in Miami, Cleveland had the worst winning percentage over that time span.