Cleveland is well aware of their odds to land LeBron James, and they’re doing everything in their power to regain the Akron, Ohio, native.
According to ESPN NBA correspondent Marc Stein, although it won’t be completed until Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets have reportedly acquired guard Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev from the Cavs in a three-team trade with the Boston Celtics.
Boston will receive Marcus Thornton from Brooklyn, Tyler Zeller from Cleveland, as well as the Cavs’ first-round pick in 2016. Cleveland is expected to bring in a young prospect – or two – from Brooklyn.
Three-team trade will see Nets acquire Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev from Cleveland. Boston gets Thornton, Zeller and a first
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 9, 2014
This move made by Cleveland to ship Jack is clearly a salary dump transaction, and according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavs will push their cap space to $24 million, to which James’ max contract would be in their range of $20.7 million.
3-team trade involving Cavs, Celtics & Nets could allow Cavs to open about $24M in cap space. LeBron max is $20.7M
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 9, 2014
There’s plenty of speculation that Cleveland has become a frontrunner to land James, however, nothing indicates that’s where he’s leaning. For now, consider Miami the leading candidate to land James, with Cleveland a close second.