Cavaliers will pursue Kawhi Leonard in an attempt to keep LeBron James

Cavaliers will pursue Kawhi Leonard in an attempt to keep LeBron James

He's faced the Golden State Warriors each of those four years.

League rules state that Cleveland must make the pick on Friday before trading it away. With LeBron James possibly leaving the team for free agency, the Cavs have been doing their due diligence to explore ways on how to satisfy the four-time MVP's cravings for help on the court while at the same time trying to position the team towards a better future should the superstar forward decide to move on to another squad.

While he's otherwise remained mum on his upcoming free agency thus far, James has made it clear he's still in "championship mode."

"The Cavs are one of several teams making calls to San Antonio about Kawhi Leonard", Cleveland.com's Pluto said, as quoted on NESN. While he wasn't playing at LeBron's level late in his career, he does know what it was like to bounce around from team to team in order to try and sneak an extra ring. "I think he's looking for reasons to want to stay in Cleveland".

During his 19-year career, O'Neal won three championships with the Lakers and one with the Heat. But, if that's his desire, Los Angeles might be his best destination. And with the Lakers possessing the cap space to sign two stars - and perhaps the trade pieces to acquire another - this offseason, it may be a situation too ideal for James to pass up.

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While that quote may only be relevant for Thunder fans, much of the almost two-minute interaction with George focused on the idea of pairing up with The King in L.A. and if George wants to play with James.

"Multiple sources, however, have indicated the Cavs would look to improve (read, continue to spend) while James makes his decision."

But with last week's trade request, the NBA's annual offseason game of dominos is officially underway.

James has led the Cavaliers to four straight National Basketball Association finals since returning to his hometown franchise in 2014, but they have managed to win just one championship in 2015 going down in the other three to the Golden State Warriors.

Ridenour's revelation is undeniably very disappointing news for Rockets fans who are hoping to see the "Big Three" of LeBron James, Chris Paul, and James Harden in Houston next season.

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