July 15, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States guard LeBron James speaks to the media prior to USA team training at the Smith Center at George Washington University. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Risky Business: Waiting For LeBron James Costs Cavs Free Agents

The Cleveland Cavaliers are all-in when it comes to waiting for LeBron James to make his decision on where he’ll play next season.

But while the Cavs sit idle, other free agents the team had interest in are on the move.

Cleveland reportedly was intrigued  with Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, a restricted free agent. Reports stated the Cavs were thinking about making the former Butler standout a huger offer that Utah might not want to match.

Cleveland never made a reported offer (because of the James courtship), and now Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $63 million maximum-offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

“The Cavaliers were strongly considering offering Hayward the max, sources said, until the opportunity to become a leading bidder for LeBron James arose.”

It was also reported that the Cavs would be interested in Chandler Parsons if James stayed in Miami. That question hasn’t been answered, and Parsons isn’t willing to wait any longer, as he agreed to  a three-year, $45 million, offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, according to Stein.

It is worth noting that Dallas extended an offer to Parsons with the belief that James was going to sign with Cleveland, according to ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon.

“According to a source close to the process, Dallas made the offer to Parsons with the belief that LeBron James would head back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading Bosh to see Houston as his most attractive option. The Rockets have offered Bosh a max contract worth $88 million over four seasons, but Houston has some significant cost-cutting work to do to have that much room under the cap.”

The Cavs already missed out on center Spencer Hawes, who signed with the Clippers over the weekend. The Cavs never made a reported offer to the 7-footer, because it needed cap space for James.

You can’t fault Cleveland for waiting on James. He’s the player who can turn you into a title contender. Owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin have gone this far down the river, they’ve got to see where the journey ends.

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