According to Yahoo’s Shams Charania, other teams are doing their “due diligence” on LeBron James’ willingness to drop his no-trade clause ahead of Thursday’s deadline. That, however, won’t be happening:
Sources: As NBA teams do due diligence on his no-trade clause and potential of him dropping it, LeBron James is determined to see year through in Cleveland, focused on season and will not waive the clause.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2018
Per Charania, James wants to see out this season in Cleveland. The Cavs have also not talked to James about waiving his no-trade clause, per the report.
Team doing this makes sense, as the Cavs are a mess at the moment and trading LeBron would lead to a complete reset. But this report confirms that LeBron is going to wait until the summer to make a decision about his future. Plus, for Koby Altman and Dan Gilbert, James’ ability to control where he wants to go would limit what kind of package the Cavs could get in return. The type of team LeBron might be interested in probably doesn’t have the type of assets Cleveland would want to kickstart a post-James rebuild.
So, while the Cavs are likely going to make a move come Thursday, it’s not going to be a complete franchise reset.