It seemed like the Cleveland Cavaliers were out of the race to land LeBron James, but the recent belief that he’s likely to leave the Miami Heat has his former team throwing their hat back into the ring. That, however, can only happen if they part with Jarrett Jack and his pricey contract.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cavaliers are looking for a suitor to acquire Marcus Thornton from the Brooklyn Nets, a team that is interested in taking on Jack and the $12.6 million he’s due over the next two seasons.
In pursuit of max slot for LeBron James, Cavs searching for team to take Nets’ Marcus Thornton in deal to unload Jarrett Jack, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
If they manage to pull off a three-way trade that would send Jack to Brooklyn, the Cavaliers would be clearing enough salary cap space to offer James a max contract. That’s obviously the only way they’d be able to give themselves a significant change of landing the league’s top player, so making space is the first step in bringing him back to his original NBA home.
No trade is imminent at this point, but the possibility is there that the Cavaliers could work something out as they make a play for James. It seems like a pipe dream for a team that has been haunted since the King jumped ship for South Beach in 2010, but it wouldn’t be the craziest thing if James returned to his home state of Ohio – where his family spends their summers.
One way or another, James will get a max contract this offseason. The Cavaliers are just hoping to make enough cap space to be the team to give it to him.