Could the Cleveland Cavaliers look to make a big trade, or are they going to run this back in 2017-18? - From FOXSports.com
The Finals loss isn’t a huge surprise — the Warriors were prohibitive favorites going into the series — but it did highlight the gap between an elite team with the best player in the world and the Warriors.
While the Cavs are the class of the Eastern Conference and are highly likely to enter the 2017-18 season with that distinction again, the Warriors should maintain their four-All-Star core through their primes — if Cleveland is to avenge this loss at this time next year, it will have to have made significant offseason upgrades or start praying for injuries.
It’s difficult to say whether Cleveland would get anything close to equal, immediate value — Love, specifically, would be a hard player to move — but trading either of LeBron’s Big Three counterparts would certainly bring about the shake-up the Cavs might determine they need.
Ideally, such a trade would deepen a team — a two-for-one or three-for-one might be the best plan of attack — but with Jimmy Butler and Paul George on the trade market this summer and DeMarcus Cousins perhaps hitting the block again once the season starts (his deal is up at the end of next year), there will be plenty of conjecture about a superstar-for-superstar deal.
He’ll be going into his age 34 season, but he’ll be in line for one of the biggest contracts in NBA history from the Cavs, who have no choice but to give him the max of all max contracts — if he wants it.