LeBron James still has not re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers since the 2016 NBA free agency started. Though he expects to re-sign, some people are intrigued on the main reason behind this act.
The Cleveland Cavaliers successfully won their first NBA championship title after beating the Golden State Warriors in the recent NBA Finals. The Warriors found a way to improve their roster by adding Kevin Durant on their team. Is this one of the main reasons why LeBron James has not signed yet?
According to Zach Harper of CBS Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the NBA teams who are still filling up some spots on their roster. LeBron James, J.R. Smith, and James Jones are still free agents. Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova chose to leave after receiving a higher offer from other teams.
Mozgov and Dellavedova’s departure deeply hurt the Cavaliers since they were known as their backup center and point guard, respectively. Though the Cavaliers acquired Mike Dunleavy and Chris Andersen, they still need to fill up some spots to form a formidable lineup.
According to Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports, LeBron James is trying to squeeze every last bit of talent out of his roster. This is a must for the Cleveland Cavaliers if they want to defend their title next season. Several NBA teams have made a huge upgrade on their roster, including the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
These teams will surely give a tough competition with the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. With the current lineup of the Golden State Warriors, they are the most favorite team to dominate the Western Conference. The Warriors are surely very eager to have their revenge after being embarrassed by the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Another reason, why LeBron James has not signed yet his teammate, J.R. Smith. The 30-year-old shooting guard was reportedly demanding $15 million annual salaries from the Cavaliers. Several NBA teams are rumored to be interested in signing Smith. If a team gives an offer, the Cavaliers will surely start to make their move.
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