This was the Kyrie Irving draft, which only really began to pay dividends for the Cavs when LeBron James returned home to Cleveland in 2014. Minnesota had the second pick and took Derrick Williams, a career reserve now on his sixth NBA stop. A late-season acquisition for the Cavs, he has hardly played this postseason.
Nine picks later, the Warriors found another key member of their core, hitting it big with Klay Thompson. Three other guards went immediately before Thompson — Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kemba Walker (Charlotte) and Jimmer Fredette (Milwaukee) — with only Walker still on the same team.
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Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there is an expectation he’s re-signing there,Yahoo NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said on his podcast Wednesday. I think within Cleveland and around the league they feel that he is very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two LA teams. The Lakers could very well be a target.
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Wojnarowski, arguably the most connected NBA reporter in the business, said James got the monkey off his back when he brought a championship to Cleveland in 2016, freeing himself to focus more on other facets of his life.
I think the focus, a lot of LeBron’s business interests, his Hollywood aspirations, his media ventures are based (in L.A.),he said. And I wrote this last year and said it and believed it — the minute he won that championship in Cleveland, he was liberated to leave again.
How many No. 23 jerseys will go up in flames if King James leaves Cleveland a second time?