The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft on June 26 would be plenty for several teams around the league hoping to get back in the win column, but for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they want to make an even bigger splash.
That splash may involve acquiring both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this summer, as Sam Amico of Fox Sports notes on his personal Twitter account.
While dissecting draft options, sources say Cavs also exploring options on how to house LeBron, Carmelo and Kyrie under salary cap.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 24, 2014
It was revealed earlier today that James has decided to opt out of his contract and test free agency, according to a report from ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard.
Anthony did the same a few days earlier, opting out of his deal with the New York Knicks.
The Cavaliers couldn’t sign both superstars outright. There would have to be some serious cap maneuvering in order to create the space necessary to afford both James and Anthony. Pairing the tandem with Kyrie Irving would create even more financial strain on their cap, but it’s a risk they’re surely willing to take.
After a disastrous 2013-14 campaign that saw the team finish with a record of 33-49, the Cavaliers are aware that moves need to be made to get the franchise back in playoff contention once again.
James’ family ties to the state could be a major selling point in bringing him back. Rumors have also circulated over the possibility of James and Anthony wanting to play with each other to win another (or in Anthony’s case, his first) NBA Championship.