NBA Draft: LeBron shouldn’t dictate Cavaliers’ plans
LeBron specifically stated on Saturday that he plans to spend the last year of his NBA career wherever his son plays.
“My last year will be played with my son,” James said. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
While James has certainly earned that right given his two-decade long playing career and numerous individual and team accomplishments, it’s not the Cavs’ problem.
Altman has built up the Cavs’ roster without LeBron primarily through creative and successful NBA Draft decisions. Why would he forfeit a late first or second-round pick on LeBron’s son, just for a year or two of guaranteed production from James? It doesn’t make any sense.
With all due respect to a player of LeBron’s caliber, he’s lost the right to tell a contending team what to do. That has nothing to do with his ability as a player, but more so to do with how many years he has left at this level. James is unlikely to play into his mid-40’s. He isn’t Tom Brady.
Bronny isn’t expected to be close to the top-5 in his class. Heck, most projections don’t have him as a lottery selection. That’s not an insult to his talent, but right now it’s impossible to make that sort of commitment to LeBron without knowing what sort of player Bronny will be down the line.