Cavaliers trying to clear cap space to be aggressive in free agency

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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.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that with LeBron James set to make an announcement on his future soon, the Lakers were under pressure to acquire Leonard and essentially pave the way for James to make a move to Los Angeles.

The Boston Celtics have made an offer for Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN. George ironically was in a similar position as Leonard - entering the final year of his contract and openly telling teams his preference was to be traded to the Lakers.

"I think the people's MVP was definitely James, but the NBA MVP was definitely Bron". Many believe that the two players would like to play with each other. There's also risk in landing Leonard only to have James choose another team.

JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James, 33, will become a free agent this summer if, as expected, he opts out of the final year of his Cavs contract before tomorrow's midnight deadline. The team did not make a hard push to trade for him previous year because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one. Johnson said Tuesday that he saw his team's plan to attract superstar talent as "a two-summer thing", meaning this offseason and the next, telling reporters, "You have to give us time".

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. It also adds more smoke to the LeBron to L.A. fire.

Those comments came after Irving publicly didn't rule out playing alongside James once again at some point in his career.

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