The Cleveland Cavaliers landed LeBron James in the offseason, but that’s not something that has calmed the team down from getting ambitious about who they target and what they end up doing to finish out the summer.
Adding James not only made the team more powerful, but it made LeBron more powerful as well. It was assumed that the superstar would get whatever he wanted from the team, and that’s exactly what has happened since he’s arrived.
Nate Duncan explains James is being given everything he’s asking for in Cleveland.
I have never been as high on Wiggins, and I think it’s unlikely he’s ever as good as Kyrie is right now, even if he’s cheaper for a few years. More importantly, LeBron wants to win now, and he likes Kyrie. There’s no way Wiggins produces as much as Kyrie over, say, the next 3 seasons. Plus you’ve now got a team with huge holes at PG and C, and without enough shooting with Wiggins and LeBron as the wings playing big minutes. Their current team will be much better than the squad under what you’re proposing this year, and likely next year as well because they aren’t getting any free agents as good as Kyrie next year either. LeBron wants maximum contention for his age 30 and 31 seasons, and they’d be smart to maximize that this year and next while he’s still realistically the best player.
But most importantly, this isn’t what LeBron wanted, so it wasn’t going to happen.
LeBron wanted to return to Cleveland, wanted to add talents like Mike Miller and James Jones, wanted to acquire Kevin Love and wanted to be the top dog once again. All of those things have happened and more, which proves that the Cavaliers won’t be fumbling away a chance to keep LeBron happy this second time around.