Mannix, a senior writer for Yahoo!
That part is all well and good, but after reports that the Celtics are "scared" Irving will depart in free agency next year, a little reassurance wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Without Hayward, Boston still managed to finish second in the East behind the play of fellow All-Star pick up Kyrie Irving and rookie Jayson Tatum, who took over after Irving went down before the playoffs.
However, as The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks states here, James could opt into the final season of his contract with Cleveland at $35.6 million and be shipped to Boston in a sign-and-trade. "I think that's the exciting part about all this is that when you're shaping up to gear up to be a championship-caliber team for years to come - which I think Danny (Ainge) has echoed for a little bit".
However, Irving grew disgruntled in Cleveland.
Boston, however, still finished with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference led by Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. The big draft year for the Celtics could be next season, as they own the Philadelphia 76ers' (top 1 protected) or Sacramento Kings' (top 1 protected) pick, the Memphis Grizzlies (if it falls outside the top 8) and the Los Angeles Clippers pick (if it falls outside the top 14).
Giving up any of these three to land the best player in the game is a no-brainer.
Kyrie Irving had one very reasonable request for the assembled Boston Celtics media on Tuesday, speaking at an event promoting his new movie, "Uncle Drew".
When the team returns from its summer recess, with Irving and Gordon Hayward healthy and ready for training camp, they will likely have skilled, battle-tested stars at every position in the starting lineup. However, do the Cavaliers want to be the team Irving deserts following the season?
Is giving up Hayward, Morris and Rozier to land James worth it?
The NBA could be set for a huge shake-up in the league come July 1 when some of the league's best players could enter free agency. It's felt like a number of seasons in one. Plus, Rozier and Morris were crucial leaders on a team that reached Game 7 of the conference finals this season, and trading for James would involve passing on a full year of their services as well.