Miami Heat Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Sign-and-Trade Possible for LeBron James?

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While I read, listen and watch all of this hoopla about the Cleveland Cavaliers having utmost hopes and beliefs that LeBron James is listening to their pitch, one phrase comes to mind: Howdy-freaking-do! I happen to work in the sales industry and I get hundreds of people who will listen to the pitch, but in the end, the pitch means jack-squat. Anyone, and I do mean ANYONE, in sales will tell you it is all about the close.

I might get someone to listen to the entire pitch and have them tell me: “I want to look it over.” More than you’d think, it is either A.) they aren’t interested and they just didn’t want to be rude, B.) they love the attention or C.) it was a lonely old lady who just wanted someone to talk to.

What I am trying to say is the pitch isn’t even half the battle, and even after days, weeks and months of courting, soothing, arguing and compromising, the close doesn’t happen. Take it easy ESPN and Cleveland; we haven’t gotten anywhere yet.

However, something that the “World Wide Leader in Sports” mentioned in relation to this story is the salary cap issue. Cleveland does not have the space and must trade a few players to make the space. The anchor and analyst discussed what players the Cavs might trade. Names such as Anderson VarejaoAnthony Bennett and Dion Waiters were mentioned, but one name made a light-bulb go off in my head: Andrew Wiggins. When Wiggins was mentioned as a possible playing card, I developed a crazy thought: a sign-and-trade.

Is it possible that Pat Riley would swallow his pride, sign James and trade him to Cleveland for the four previously mentioned players? Varejao is a wannabe Joakim Noah, but you have to love his energy. No one knows whether Bennett is cut out for the NBA, but then again, Riley is the best for determining that. Waiters is an emerging two-guard with noticeable abilities to play point, and finally there is Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. That is quite the offer and somewhat enticing. There are other problems that need to be worked out amongst the trade as the Miami Heat don’t have much to work with, but if Cleveland wants the King that badly, they might have to make it work.

This is somewhat of a shot-in-the-dark idea, but if James does really want to return to his hometown, you know Riley won’t make it simple. The Heat also won’t want to be left empty-handed. There are talented pieces on the roster that the Cavs have to work with in terms of negotiating, but as many are saying, James controls the entire situation.

The question is, is he or anyone else smarter or gutsier than Riley? The jury is currently deliberating on the matter, but a ruling is expected in the next few weeks. You can count on this: Riley will think of something.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.

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  • Sparks Janitorial

    You suck as a writer bro!

    • Farva55

      Dumbest comment ever.

  • nba2kxlegend

    you are an idiot. WIGGINS is UNTOUCHABLE FOR CLE.. You obviously biased towards the heat or a heat fan if you think CLE is going to do a sign and trade and send WIGGINS, vaerjao, waiters, and bennett too for LJ…

    LEBRON can leave MIA for a 4 yr MAX deal… a sign and trade involves one extra year.. If MIA offers LJ that option it would most likely involve a draft pick most likely a 1st RD pick and maybe a young player assett.. None of the players you mentioned.

    And as too the piece you mentioned of Tom Penn on ESPN saying if LJ wants a max deal then CLE needs to move a piece..

    Its already a deal in place to move J JACK and his 6 MIL contract off the books to the NETS who need a backup pg… Then ine xchance m thornton would go to CLE who would involve a 3rd team.. looks to be DAL, SUNS. intersted in thronton…

    That move alone would allow CLE the MAX needed to get james.. But i look for CLE to move some young assets to go after even a bigger name like k. LOVE … That would ensure LJ to CLE… They could trade some young assets to MIN like A.BENNETT and some future 1st rounders… Maybe t. THOMPSON. and even possibly though I doubt it, dion waiters…. dion waiers is a lot like d wades game as a slasher… though him and jyrie have butted heads so i could see him on the move possibly if it meant getting love.. Then you would be instantly the #1 contender in the EAST with kyrie at 1, wiggins at 2, lebron at 3, k.love at 4, and varjejao at 5.

    MIN is going to have to make a move to deal LOVE and they want to get the ebst deal they can… the longer they WAIT the worst off they are b/c they lose any leverage they have.. which is really not much at all now considering love says he is gone in 1 yr… so he either goes and you get nothing in return or you make a move before the season.. imaginbe him playn at home with all the fans booing him for wanting to leave.. it would be ugly.. plus they need to move hinm before season to get best deal possible…

    they want assetts in return and CLE has the assetts and can offer them a SELECTION OF THEIR CHOICE OUT OF BENNETT, t. THOMPSON, D WAITERS,and some future 1st rd picks.
    They arent going to give them all of that for LOVE but so maybe 2 of the 3.. They may want to bundle K martins contract with a love deal to get younger so who knows.. but CLE would prob offer BENNET AND WAITERS and a 1st RD PICK to get LOVE… MIN has to pull a trigger soon on some deal..

    BOSTON wants LOVE bad and so do the WARRIORS but KLAY THOMPSON is the sticking point and talks fell apart as reported..

    But if you think CLE would give RILEY all those ASSETS incl WIGGINS tog et an extra 1 yr for some $$ for LJ, it would never happen and you are an idiot..

    What did CLE get from MIA for the sign and trade back in 2010? a few 1st rd picks… you think there going to give up all their assets, incl WIGGINS the #1 pick in the draft for a trade you are just dreaming pal…

    • Farva55

      You should refrain from calling someone an idiot when you A) can’t spell and B) don’t know how to construct a sentence.

      • Brandon Erwin

        None of the things you mentioned makes him wrong.

      • nba2kxlegend

        I didn’t know I was being graded on grammar and punctuation.

        Its called quick typing, kinda like texting. I don’t know the author of this article and he’s prob a heat fan and i am sure a good guy, but I am sorry but he is a total idiot if he thinks CLE would give up the assets he was talking about to MIA with a sign and trade for LBJ.. CLE doesn’t need to do a sign and trade for starters.. Its all for just 1 extra year which is approx 30 million in yr 5 for a max deal…. Teams always say they wont do a sign in trade until they have no other choice… I think MIA gave CLE some picks incl some 1st rounders back 4 yrs ago… If LBJ wants the 5th year… which he will not in my opinion b/c he like flexibility he may sign a 2 yr deal with player option, if he does stay in MIA and give CLE a few yrs to get better but i think he should go now..

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  • darncat

    I am flabbergasted that an article and idea so utterly inane could possibly even exist… Are you kidding me?!? How could a person dumb enough to ‘think’ this made any sense actually be real… this must be a joke…

    If I were to have to explain to anyone why this idea is lacking any sense whatsoever, they would obviously be someone who possesses no knowledge or understanding of the meaning of free agency at all. Even many who do not still would realize how patently pathetic this suggestion is.

    Wow- you are, for lack of a better term, insane; for the sake of all functioning minds on this planet please never share your opinion online again! thank you!

    • nba2kxlegend

      Thats what caused me to create an account and post a rant b/c this writer is an idiot if he thinks that would EVER happen.. Anyways as for LJ choice he will go back to MIA for a 2yr max deal with a player option to keep open his options… maybe even a 1 yr deal with a 1 yr player option to give it 1 more run but he definitely is going to go back to CLE to try to bring his hometown a championship then… i think he should go now and here is why… The bottom line is the heat are not YOUNG and ATHLETIC ENOUGH to play championship DEFENSE.. What seperated MIA the 2 yrs they won it was there DEFENSE which was in the top 3 all of those years… They would shut down folks whenever they wanted and this year they simply got old and didn’t have the ability to turn the DEFENSE on… Plus San Antonio Spurs played the game the right way and had so much ball movement and really schooled MIA as a team.. It was beautiful basketball to watch…

      Do me a favor and go and watch all the nba finals games again and simply watch the movement.. DON’T EVEN WATCH THE BALL AT ALL WHEN WATCHING THE GAME… WATCH THE SCREENS AND THE MOVEMENT AWAY FROM THE BALL AND YOU WILL SEE WHY MIAMI LOST… The DEFENSE WAS NOT THERE… THEY HAD NO BIG SHOT BLOCKER AT THE RIM AND THAT WASN’T THE CASE THE YEARS THEY WON IT.. THEY HAD JOEL ANTHONY PLAYING CENTER AND THEN GOT CHRIS ANDERSON WHO BROUGHT DEFENSIVE ENERGY BUT HE GOT HURT THIS YEAR BUT ALSO IS GETTING OLDER.. THE HEAT JUST GOT OLD AND ACTUALLY MOST PPL DON’T KNOW BUT HAD THE OLDEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.. THEY HAVE NO YOUNG STUDS… MAYBE ENNIS CAN PLAY A BIT AND NAPIER MAY BE GOOD OFF THE BENCH.. HE’S A WINNER AND I COULD SEE HIM AS A STARTER MAYBE.. ANYTHING WOULD BE BETTER THAN WHAT RIO GAVE THEM IN THE FINALS THIS YEAR..

      BUT LOOK AT CLE ROSTER AND YOU SEE TALENT… KYRIE IS A STUD AND A BALLER.. FLAT OUT OFFENSIVE PLAYER… DON’T PLAY DEFENSE WHEN HIS TEAM IS LOSING WITH LEBRON COMING TO TOWN HE WILL CHANGE THE MIND SET ENTIRELY AND HOLD KYRIE ACCOUNTABLE TO PLAY DEF AND STAY IN FRONT OF OTHER PGS.. HE HAS SPEED AND GREAT FEET TO STAY IN FRONT, JUST NEEDS TO WIN AND GET A PUSH FROM A CHAMPION..

      WAITERS IS THE 2 AND IS A STUD ALSO.. HE CAN SCORE AND HIS GAME IS SIMILAR TO WADES GAME AS A SLASHER… HE NEEDS TO PLAY DEF ALSO…

      THEN YOU GOT THE #1 PICK A. WIGGINS WHO BEFORE HIS 1 YR AT KANSAS SCOUTS CALLED THE NEXT LEBRON… HE IS FOR ME LIKE A PAUL GEORGE 2 GUARD… HE MNEEDS TO GET BETTER AT OFFENSE BUT CLE JUST NEEDS HIM TO PLAY DEFENSE, REBOUND AND PASS… HIS ATHLETICISM WILL ALLOW HIM TO SCORE DOUBLE DIGITS AND WITH LBJ IN TRANSITION.. WOW.. LOOK OUT…

      THEN YOU GOT A. BENNET WHO HAD BAD ROOKIE YEAR BUT IS A STRETCH 4 WHO CAN PLAY… HE CAME IN OVER WEIGHT AND HAD A TOUGH ROOKIE YEAR BUT HE IS NOT GOING TO BE A BUST… HES GOT GAME.. HE LOST LIKE 15LBS THIS OFF SEASON AND WILL IMPRESS ON FRIDAY IN THE SUMMER LEAGUE IN LAS VEGAS… MARK MY WORDS HE WILL BE AN ALL STAR SOME DAY… PROB. NOT FOR CLE THOUGH..

      THEN YOU GOT T. THOMPSON WHO IS A LEGIT BIG AND AVG DOUBLE DOUBLES AND ALSO GOT A. VAREJAO, AND OTHER PIECES TO MOVE PLUS 3 1ST RD DRAFT PICKS NEXT YEAR..

      THE CAVS ARE IN A GREAT POSITION IF LBJ JOINS THIS YEAR OR WAITS 1 MORE YR AND SIGNS A 1 YR DEAL WITH MIA TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS..

      IF LEBRON SIGNS WITH CLE, OUTRIGHT… CLE WILL MAKE A MOVE TO TRY TO GET A K. LOVE OR ANOTHER PROVEN ALL STAR BIG… THEY WILL MOST LIKELY OFFER, A. BENNETT, T. THOMPSON. AND D. WAITERS AND SOME DRAFT PICKS FOR A VETERAN BIG… LIKE A K LOVE..

      THERE WAS TALK THAT THEY MAY TRADE WIGGINS FOR LOVE OUT RIGHT BUT I DO NOT SEE CLE DOING THAT, JUST B/C WIGGINS HAS POTENTIAL TO BE GREAT… HE COULD BE THE NEXT PAUL GEORGE, AND KAWI LEONARD.. HE CAN PLAY GREAT DEFENSE AND SCORE IN TRANSITION UNTIL HE GETS A BETTER JUMP SHOT AND WILL SCORE WITH ATHLETICISM… HE IS UPSIDE..

      LEBRON SEES WHAT THE CAVS HAVE AND ITS ALOT MORE THAN WHAT THE MIAMI HEAT HAVE…. WADE AND BOSH ARE BOTH OVER 30 AND THEY GOT NO YOUNG ASSETS AND NO CAP ROOM.. YOU THINK J MCROBERTS AND D GRANGER IS ENOUGH… THEY ARE OLDER PLAYERS TOO… AND ONLY OLD PLAYERS CHASING A RING WILLS IGN WITH MIAMI… VETERANS MINIMUM…

      SO LEBRON WILL GO 1 MORE YEAR AND OPT OUT NEXT YEAR OR JUST GO THIS YEAR AND START BUILDING THAT CHEMISTRY.. AND LEBRON KNOWS 1 CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLE WITH THE STORY OF THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON… WOULD MAKE HIM A LEGEND.. HE IS A 2 TIME CHAMPION AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM HIM BUT IF HE WANTS TO WIN MULTIPLE MORE TITLES CLE IS THE BEST OPTION TO DO SO.. AND THEY WOULD BE IMMEDIATE FAVORITES TO WIN THE EAST IF HE SIGNED… THEN ONCE THEY GET LOVE OR ANOTHER ALL STAR BIG, VIA TRADE FOR SOME OF THEIR YOUNG TALENT THEY WILL BE THEIR OWN BIG 3.. THINK ABOUT IT… IT WOULD BE A BIG 4… KYRIE, LEBRON, LOVE, AND WIGGINS… WOW…

      ITS THE SMART BBALL MOVE….

  • nba2kxlegend