Cleveland Cavaliers make a smart pick with Collin Sexton -- Terry Pluto

Posted July 02, 2018

James has until June 29 to take the player option for the 2018-19 season.

"I've been told that the only thing that'll keep LeBron James in Cleveland is if his lovely wife, Savannah, and those three handsome children of his say, 'Daddy ..."

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to drive around Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on February 3, 2018 in Cleveland. If the Cavaliers are not looking to deal Sexton, they have very little capital to acquire a player of Walker's ilk.

Just moments after he was selected, Sexton made an appeal for James to re-sign with Cleveland, saying "I see you need a few extra pieces this past season, and let's do it. Let's go back to the Finals".

While both Cleveland-and the rest of the planet that isn't watching FIFA World Cup 2018-awaits where the King will go, his present kingdom selected a possible apprentice known as The Young Bull who may one day inherit his throne. He played such a specific role with Kentucky, and I think with Kevin, people are seeing an 18-year-old, 6-foot-9 kid who has length and can score in a variety of ways.

"LeBron James played 82 games this season", Altman said.

He returned to Cleveland in 2014, with a promise to bring a championship to "The Land" and did so successfully in 2016, as he produced one of the most virtuoso performances by any player, when his team went 1-3 down, only to win 4-3 in the 7-game series and LeBron James became an National Basketball Association champion for the 3rd time.

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Sexton, 19, averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman for the Crimson Tide.

"We're incredibly excited about Collin Sexton and the attitude, work ethic, his competitive fire, he's a scorer, but I just love his competitiveness that he's going to bring to this franchise and the energy that he's going to bring to this building", Altman said. But can LeBron recruit Paul George to make "Project Lakers 2.0" a reality?

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue started eight different point guards during the regular season.

The 33-year old James is coming off a year in which he carried the Cavaliers to their fourth straight Finals appearance, shouldering a massive load during the postseason. Then again, maybe they do in fact want to keep him, much like they have over the last four years. But this pick wasn't about giving James a young weapon on a championship team.

The Cavs had sent strong signals ahead of the draft they wanted to upgrade the roster with veterans, and they still can with some trade chips and their salary cap exception (which Altman said Friday he intends to use).

According to a recent report, James is actively trying to recruit other star players to join him in Northeast Ohio.