Cleveland Cavs Trade: Paving the way for LeBron James?

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Mar 18, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) talks to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) after a 100-96 Heat win at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The LeBron James homecoming seems to be looking more and more likely. One of the issues with his return was how the Cavaliers could clear enough cap space to give James the maximum contract he was looking for. As reported by Marc Stein of, a three-team deal is in the works that will do just that.

Cleveland will send Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets, with the Boston Celtics acquiring Marcus Thornton from the Nets and Tyler Zeller from the Cavs. Boston will also receive a future first-round pick. There will be more details once the trade is made official, but a second-round pick will be involved going to Cleveland to sow up the trade.

Stein notes that according to ESPN’s Tom Penn, the Cavs have freed up an additional $9.5 million in salary, which puts them at roughly $21.7 million in available cap space. Brian Windhorst notes that it would actually provide the Cavs with $24 million, with LeBron’s max around $20.7 million. We’ll look at that more later on. Let’s take a look at what this could mean for the Cavaliers moving forward.

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