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The Cavs Are Reportedly Planning A Big Trade If LeBron James Stays

Tyronn Lue standing behind LeBron James

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 29: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Tyronn Lue talk while playing the Indiana Pacers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 29, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to make a big move this offseason, but one could be coming if the franchise's best player, LeBron James, decides to either opt into the final year of his contract or re-sign with the team in free agency.

The Cavs have been linked to Charlotte Hornets All-Star point guard Kemba Walker for a while now, and if James ends up staying, it looks like he'll be a main focal point for a move.

Bleacher Report is reporting that Cleveland is continuing to have talks with the Hornets about a deal for the 28-year-old point guard. There was reportedly talk of a move on draft night last week, but the deal is reportedly still a possibility moving forward.

From Bleacher Report:

The Cavs continue to explore the possibility of working a deal with the Charlotte Hornets for two-time All-Star Kemba Walker, two league sources told B/R on Thursday night. Their best chance at such a deal would seem to have involved the eighth pick in the draft, which didn't happen. One person close to Walker said Thursday night that he still believes such a deal is "possible."

Another league source pushed the notion of a trade for Walker one step further when it comes to the Cavs' chances of keeping LeBron: Acquiring Walker, the person said, "is the only way LeBron stays."

Bill Simmons then said on his The Ringer podcast that one of the reasons why the Cavs drafted point guard Collin Sexton is because the Hornets like him so much.

If James ends up staying in Cleveland, the Cavs could ship him to Charlotte for Walker.

"One of the reasons Cleveland took Sexton is because they knew Charlotte liked him and if LeBron does decide to stay, they know they have the Sexton and (Jordan) Clarkson for Kemba trade sitting there," Simmons said on his podcast.

James could be making his decision soon. His deadline to opt into the final year of his Cavs' contract is coming up this week. Free agency then begins on July 1 and most believe James will be making a decision before July 4.