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, league sources said.
James finished second to Harden in the race for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, as the Rockets guard picked up 86 first-place votes and 15 second-place tallies on the way to 965 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs reportedly re-engaged in trade discussions surrounding Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday.
Note that this does NOT mean that we can not re-sign any of these players, unlike what some would lead you to believe. He also reported that George "is no longer assured" to sign with Los Angeles this summer.
Conversely, the Cavs are also looking for ways to entice LeBron James to pick up his option and stay for at least one more year with the team.
Of course, if LeBron wants to build a team to dethrone the Warriors, taking away their best player would be a good start.
As of now, the Cavaliers have their backs against the wall when it comes to LeBron James. Magic Johnson and the Lakers have put themselves in a position to sign two and possibly acquire a third max contract. George had only one season remaining on his deal when the Pacers traded him last summer.
However, if James and George say no to the purple and gold, it may not be an entirely bad idea for the Lakers to take a flyer on Cousins. That's because 13-year-old "Bronny", a highly regarded basketball player in OH, is very "likely" to enroll at a prestigious Los Angeles high school, according to a TMZ Sports report Wednesday, although it's apparently "not a done deal".