The Cleveland Cavaliers are making a strong push to sign LeBron James this offseason but they have more than one endgame they’re focusing on in order to get better for the future.
Armed with the No. 1 overall pick in Andrew Wiggins as well as a new max contract for star point guard Kyrie Irving, things are looking up for the Cavaliers and they’re not going to let losing LeBron James a second time bring them down from the high they’re experiencing.
According to Yahoo! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are going all-in to try and sign LeBron James but they have a contingent plan in place in case they miss out on him but are left with a ton of cap space as a result.
Cleveland will work to sign James, but, failing that, they’ll try to divide the cap space among second-tier free agents – including candidates Channing Frye and Trevor Ariza – whom they believe can help get them to the playoffs, sources said.
The Cavaliers undeniably got better this offseason and adding Frye and Ariza will make them even better. Making the playoffs last season was a realistic possibility early on in the year and adding the talents of Frye and Ariza will make it an even more realistic goal in 2014-15.
Missing out on LeBron would hurt, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world and the extra cap space would still bring in impact free agents for the Cavaliers who look o finally be bouncing back after four years of pouting over losing LeBron the first time.