The Cavaliers are convinced that landing either Paul George or Chris Paul will help the organization in making a more formidable run at an NBA title in the near future after getting swept in the 2018 NBA Finals by a stronger Golden State Warriors. But that would require clearing the salary cap space to enable them sign either or both players targeted as they are unable to work out sign-and-trade deals, according to a report by ESPN.
“Cleveland would love to get involved with George’s or Chris Paul’s free agencies in concert with re-signing James, but because the Cavs are likely to be deep into the luxury tax, they will be barred from receiving players in sign-and-trade deals, which makes getting involved in the free agency of stars nearly impossible.”
“The Cavaliers have been working on several trade and salary-cap-clearing possibilities to be aggressive in free agency, but they have been stymied in attempts to meet or discuss scenarios with James.”
The Cavs may also be looking to ship Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and JR Smith due to the bloated financial burden of those three as an additional step in the process. But there is no certainty regarding the possibility of George heading to Cleveland as he has hinted at the possibility of staying in Oklahoma City. Paul, however, is keen on playing with James though he would rather see that happen in Houston – a destination where James has shown little interest in.