LeBron James Won’t Be Leaving The Cavs…At Least For Now
The NBA trade deadline is almost here, and many are anticipating for blockbuster moves.
However, with the rate of superstars getting injured, or pledging their allegiance to their current brotherhood, it seems we’ll be witnessing a pretty tame 2018 NBA trade deadline. One example? LeBron James.
In a report by SB Nation, when reporters asked the current number 1 basketball player on the planet whether he’ll waive his “no-trade clause” for him to find a new home, he flat-out shut that down.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James said that, “I’m here for the long haul,”
The King further added, “I’m here for this season right now, [to] try to figure out ways we can still compete. I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I couldn’t do that. I just couldn’t do it. We put too much into the game every single day. We go out and prepare. Win, lose or draw, at the end of the day, we’re all brothers, and we understand that. I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”
Currently, the Cleveland Cavaliers are third in the eastern conference, and frequently losing games, including to teams that have a significantly worse record than them. Case in point, the Orlando Magic.
After the Cavs gained a 21-point lead at the half, they quickly crumbled and blew away the lead, leading to an 18-point loss, with the final tally at 116-98.
Though James still performs at a high rate, the same could not be said to his team. Coupled with a rumoured dysfunction with both his teammates and Cleveland’s front office, many are now wondering if James will be bolting out on his team.
Fortunately for the fans, he flat-out said he won’t be leaving. Well, at least not midseason. Besides, basketball pundits added that there’s no reasonable trade for James anyway. With a player of his calibre, it seems that you would have to trade your whole team if you want to get him.
But kidding aside, the Cavaliers are no stranger to mid-season slumps. But this 2017-2018 NBA season feels different than the rest.
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