LeBron James might be close to heading to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Cleveland Cavs remain interested in upgrading their roster for the 2018-19 season with the hopes of retaining their star player this summer.
ESPN NBA insider Dave McMenamin reported late on Wednesday night that the Cavs were picking up contract options on a couple of their players with the hopes of using those contracts to help facilitate trades for other options.
"Team sources told ESPN that the Cavs 'continue to explore all options to improve' heading into LeBron James' decision about his future with the franchise," ESPN reports.
What would these options be, exactly?
Well, Cleveland has reached out to San Antonio about a trade for Kawhi Leonard, but the Cavs likely don't have enough assets to get that done. The Cavs have also been in contact with Charlotte about a trade for All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. That is something that could get done.
And, according to a new report, the Cavs have reached out to another All-Star point guard. This one is close friends with LeBron.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops is reporting that Chris Paul could be an option for Cleveland if LeBron ends up staying put.
"Yes, among the ideas is to clear cap space to land Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George and/or Houston Rockets free-agent Chris Paul, as ESPN also reported. Nothing is close, but nothing has been shot down, either," he writes.
It seems unlikely that Paul would join LeBron on the Cavs - if they are to team up, you'd think it would be in Los Angeles - but perhaps Cleveland does have a couple of moves up its sleeve that no one sees coming.