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Should the Cleveland Cavaliers Trade LeBron James?

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Scott OttersenCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

I realize that it would be the dumbest basketball move to make, but haven't we been saying all these years that sports is a business?

Wouldn't it be the best business move to trade someone who has publicly said he wants to test the free-agent market?

I realize his talent is beyond measurable, but how is his loyalty?

If I were the Cavs' brass, I would offer him a max extension this offseason and even offer him part ownership, and if he didn't take it, I would have to start looking elsewhere, wouldn't I?

Is it smart for the Cavs to put all their hopes and dreams into LeBron's decision to stay with them after next season is over, when every team in the NBA is going to offer him mayorship over their city?

I say it's not smart.  I say you put him on the trade block.  Can you imagine the types of offers they would get from teams?

Couldn't they offer LeBron to the T-Wolves and get back Corey Brewer, Randy Foye, Mike Miller, the 6th, 18th, 28th, 45th, and 47th pick?  I'm sure the Wolves would even throw in some 2010, 2011, and 2015 picks if they asked. 

Brewer, Foye, and Miller all have expiring contracts, which come off the books after the season, allowing the Cavs to either resign them or go after other big-name 2010 free agents. 

Wouldn't the Wolves give up their entire farm system for a chance to team LeBron with Kevin Love, Al Jefferson, and Ryan Gomes, even if for only one year?  Wouldn't they give up anyone, other than Jefferson, to get him?

Yes, I know that the teams would be hesitant to take on LeBron and give up so much just for one season of LeBron.  But isn't that what the Cavs are doing, anyway? 

I understand that most teams won't have the cap space to sign him after the season is over, but isn't today's sports all about winning now?

Wouldn't the T-Wolves sell out every game, jersey, hat, shirt, sandals, bookbag, and whatever else they could produce with LeBron's picture on it?  Wouldn't they make hundreds of millions of dollars in just one season?

Couldn't the Bulls re-sign Ben Gordon, ship him to Cleveland along with John Salmons and Tyrus Thomas, the 16th pick, 26th pick, and some 2010 and 2011 draft picks?

I understand that you are giving up someone who has the opportunity to become one of the greats of the game, but is it worth taking the risk that he leaves and you get nothing in return?

What would the Cavs team be if LeBron James left in free agency?  They would become the absolute worst team in the history of the NBA with the lack of talent on that roster.

I am not advocating the Cavs trading LeBron James, but how come it is that we haven't heard anyone talk about this option yet?  Are they afraid to broach the topic?  Are they afraid that if they talk about trading him, and can't find any offers, that he would spurn them, for sure, after next season?

Look, the man has already told you, and America, that he is going to look at other offers.  Why aren't you, as his owner, allowed to do the same?

I know there isn't a package in the world that would get you dollar-for-dollar for LeBron (unless we're talking Kobe; perhaps a LeBron-Mo Williams for Kobe), but don't you owe it to your team, fans, and yourself to try and get something for him before he could end up leaving in free agency, where you end up going dollar-for-nothing?

Once again, I realize it would be the dumbest thing in the world to trade LeBron, but don't the Cavs have to, at least, entertain some trade offers?

Come on, you know you've thought about it.

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