Cleveland Cavaliers: Is it Time to Get the King a New Court?

Seth CoxCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

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Let's not kill the writer hereI am just asking a question that's been rolling around in my head for a while. Is it time for the Cavaliers to cut bait with LeBron James and begin preparing for the future?

Now, before I get flamed by Cavaliers fans for such blasphemy, hear me out. 

The Cavs are in desperation mode to not only win a title, but to keep LeBron James. To do so, they are going to have to make a move and get LeBron more help. I know they went out and got Mo Williams last offseason, but Mo is not the answer or the problem.

So, to take the next step in an even more competitive Eastern Conference, they are going to need a big man inside to defend the likes of Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett.

There are some options out there.

Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Bosh, Chris Kaman, and Marcus Camby can all be had. That being said, if one of these men can't help LeBron get over the hump, in my opinion, James is gone. 

If LeBron leaves and the Cavs make a deal to get him help that will be gone in a year or two, what do they have left on their roster?

Can they go into the future with just Mo Williams, Delonte West, and Anderson Varejao?

Can they expect to be competitive post-LeBron?

That is why I propose they strike now, while the iron is hot. Every team in the NBA would be interested, but there are a handful that would make the Cavaliers able to continue running if they lost Mr. James.

Here are some possible landing spots for James:


Memphis Grizzlies

They would be able to package the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft along with O.J. Mayo, Mike Conley, and Darrel Arthur. They would also need to add another player's salary to make it match. This gives the Grizzlies, a floundering organization, a guaranteed bump in revenue.

Sold-out arenas, jersey sales, and higher TV ratings would definitely help out this sinking franchise.

For the Cavs, they would have two potential All Stars and the ability to draft Hasheem Thabeet or Ricky Rubio. That's a nice young team going forward.


Los Angeles Clippers

Make a package of Al Thorton, Marcus Camby, Eric Gordon, and the No. 1 pick. Imagine the draw for the Clippers, pitting LeBron against Kobe in L.A. all year long.

I could not imagine the uproar in L.A. if this happens. Plus, the Cavs would have a nice nucleus in place to keep the franchise afloat.


Washington Wizards

LeBron going to the Capital would be a great thing for the town and the NBA. The Cavs in return would be able to grab Caron Butler, JaVale McGee, and Nick Young, along with the No. 5 pick.

Imagine a team with Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and LeBron James. This team would score 120 points a night and put on a great show doing it.


I know people will not like this and even more people will not agree with me, but I truly believe the Cavs need to think about this.

Their franchise literally hangs in the balance of the 2009-10 season. If they are able to win a title and re-sign LeBron, they will be fine with nothing to worry about.

If they fall short again, they will have to begin to pick up the pieces as the franchise walks out the front door and into a new place to reign.

Will they trade him? No. Should they trade him? Probably, to guarantee they are competitive past the 2010 season.