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Report: Cavaliers won't offer sign-and-trade for LeBron

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If LeBron James decides to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, most observers believe a sign-and-trade would be the likely way it would happen.

That way, James could sign a six-year, $127 million deal instead of a five-year, $97 million deal. Under the rules of a collective bargaining agreement, teams can re-sign their own free agent to an additional year and offer bigger raises (10.5 percent instead of eight percent) after each year.

Why would the Cavaliers, or any team in that position, reward a departing player by enabling him to earn roughly an extra $30 million? Well, the main reason is it allows a team to get something in return instead of losing a player for nothing.

But according to an ESPN report, the Cavaliers don't intend to do a sign-and-trade with James. If he decides to leave, the report says Cleveland management will simply let him walk, leaving that extra cash on the table.

That's not good for James' bank account, but it's good news for the Bulls. Instead of surrendering assets to the Cavaliers in a trade, they can simply sign James outright. It also would eliminate any team - like the Dallas Mavericks - that doesn't have the necessary room under the salary cap to offer a maximum contract.

Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo said in a radio interview on Monday that he would be willing to work out a sign-and-trade if center/power forward Chris Bosh decides to leave.

Again, that is good news for the Bulls. They can get roughly $33 million under the cap, which is not enough to sign two players to maximum contracts. But the Bulls can still sign both James and Bosh if they can work out a sign-and-trade with Toronto.

The Raptors, no doubt, would ask for center Joakim Noah in a deal for Bosh, but the Bulls wouldn't agree to that. With no real bargaining strength, Toronto probably would settle for a deal involving power forward Taj Gibson and a first-round draft pick.

Small forward Luol Deng is another possibility, but the Raptors probably would pass because Deng has four years and more than $50 million left on his contract.

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DENG CAN GO, BUT NOT NOAH OR GIBSON!
LEBRON JAMES HAS MORE WEIGHT ON HIM THAN A MULE!
HE CAN'T WIN THE BIG GAME, AND THAT WILL FOLLOW HIM ALL OF HIS LIFE!

Wouldn't it be ironic if LeBron James leaves the CAVS and he has to watch the CAVS win the NBA Championship without him! That would be the perfect Karma!

i think a lbj and wade a good combination and a chance to win many championships

to AnnieK
Seriously??? are you a fool? sign and trade is the best option otherwise cavs are done! going back to being a joke. hey i bet they will be the new knicks or nets. trash, trash, trash, go ahead let him leave.

Presently D.Rose, Yoakim Noah and Taj Gibson should be off the table to any team. Give up anyone else, but don't give up those three players.

BTW, Brad Miller STAYS!! I don't care if he is a little slow, he plays with heart! He can relieve Noah or play both together for a big line up, also he can hit the three and play decent defense. I can live with that!!

I LOVE players with heart and give it their all!

Deng has not shown me heart, get him out of here!! Has he ever scored 40 points? And if so, has he done it at least five times?!

Get Deng out of here!!

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