The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to make moves to help potentially keep LeBron James this summer. Cleveland has been making calls around the league, seeing what trades are out there. Tonight, the Cavs made a move that could help them make one of those trades.
It might not seem like much, but Cleveland has picked up Kendrick Perkins' contract option for the 2018-19 season. Perkins didn't play in the playoffs and he almost surely won't be playing for the Cavs next season.
But, by picking up Perkins' option, it further expands the Cavs' options when it comes to making a trade.
The Cavs are exploring several options right now, according to ESPN.
As much as the Cavs appreciate Perkins as a locker room presence, the decision is simply a salary-cap ploy in order to try to aggregate the veteran center's $2.5 million salary along with an existing contract in order to pursue a trade around the league.
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.
The Cavs have reportedly reached out to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard (a trade there is extremely unlikely) and the Cavs about Kemba Walker (more likely).
James has until Friday at midnight to decide on his option for the 2018-19 season. We'll know more about his free agency plans by then.