First time I've actually truly entertained this idea: Maybe it's really better that we stop planning for/ considering Lebron's return. 6 months ago, I believed that the only way the Cavs would ever contend would be with a return of Lebron James. Now, there's talk about what Lebron would be looking for in order to make the decision to return to Cleveland. Brian Windhorst speculates that the Cavs (well, actually Lebron) can't wait for a 2014 first pick to develop over next 3 years; that according to Windy, they need to trade for a star who is proven and can help Lebron win right away, in 2015, while he's in his prime. Additionally, David Griffin has essentially said that the gameplan is to 'win now'.
It's difficult for me as a very devoted Cavs fan give up on the dream of getting back a once in a generational-type player like Lebron, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and we have the MIRACULOUS opportunity to add another once-in-a-generation player to a young, talented core. As of yesterday, things have changed and I think that gameplan should change with it. I think the PITFALL is making moves based on the what if/ the hope of luring Lebron back. Here's a what if: What if Kyrie+ 2014 pick+ others can be an OKC level team in 2 or so years WITHOUT Lebron. You DO NOT trade for Love for one year (that's obvious to us all). But you could also instead, have a shot at a Kevin Durant-type or Olajuwan-type player, that won't cost you having to trade talent. Imagine trading the next Durant or Olajawan! I know; the top 3 draft picks aren't proven yet like Hall of Famer, Olajuwan or future Hall of Famer Durant. But it's clear they are gems. Which is why I feel like as GM you build your team regardless of Lebron and let him come to you if he so decides. Maybe he stays with Miami for another contract and you get him when he's closer to his mid 30s. So be it. But if you're patient, you have a young team with multiple (like 3-4!) players with ceilings that are unknown. You have KI, Waiters, Bennett, Karasev, Zeller, and now this pick!! I think at this point with Wiggins or Embiid, Kyrie has plenty of incentive to stick around. Let them mature into more complete players and you have an entire team. Patience is the road to take.