Skip to main content

LeBron James Will Not Be Impacting The Cavs' NBA Draft Decision Tonight

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Golden State Warriors.

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 16: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The last time LeBron James was a free agent, the team that was hoping to keep him, the Miami Heat, drafted someone James wanted them to take. The NBA star had been tweeting about UConn guard Shabazz Napier, saying he was his favorite player in the class. The Heat, unsurprisingly, took him in the first round.

Will something like that happen again tonight? Nope.

According to several reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers will not be taking James and his upcoming free agency decision into account when making their selection tonight. The Cavs have the No. 8 overall pick.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor updated the news today:

"Regarding LeBron James, who famously said Shabazz Napier was his favorite player in the 2014 draft: All indications are that his impending free agency won’t dictate the Cavs’ decision on draft night," he wrote.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin wrote something similar on Wednesday.

"Cleveland, owner of the No. 8 pick in the draft, will make the selection without knowing James' intention for next season, multiple sources told ESPN. James is currently on vacation with his family, sources said. He has to inform the Cavs whether he intends to opt out of the final year of his contract by June 29," he wrote.

And that's what Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon wrote, too.

"According to sources, the Cavs' front office and James' camp have been in contact over the phone and in person, though there has been no meeting with James present, nor has there been any real dialogue as far as James' future is concerned," he wrote.

The 2018 NBA Draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. E.T. It will be televised on ESPN.