Cleveland Cavaliers: Does the Kyrie trade affect LeBron James’ decision?

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) LeBron James
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) LeBron James /

Many have speculated that LeBron James will once again jump ship at the end of this season and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers. Does losing Kyrie Irving and gaining some other assets change his decision?

If there’s one thing that Cleveland Cavaliers fans knows its that LeBron James is the savior of Cleveland. James brought a championship to Cleveland for the first time in 52 years.

Just recently though that championship roster was put into danger as Kyrie Irving announced he wanted a trade.

People speculated that the departure of Irving would lead to James leaving the team as well. Rumors had already arose about James possibly leaving at the end of the 2018 season. The fact that their star point guard was ready to leave only ignited that talk more.

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One thing led to another and Irving was given his wish and was traded away to the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, 2018 Brooklyn Nets first round pick, and a 2020 second round pick via the Miami Heat.

The trade may be old news by now but the buzz has now shifted to James and if this affects his decision.

The Cavs lost a star player, but in return gained a star point guard with nearly the same stats and a heavy defensive threat. The Nets pick also allows for the Cavaliers to pick up a young threat in the draft.

The positive outlook this gives the Cavs is enough to justify that James will stick around.

The other idea being tossed around is the fact that Irving left the team to form his own image, and leave James’ shadow. If Irving had insight that James was leaving why would he decide to leave the Cavs as well?

One can argue that the Cavs are set up for success even without James, and Irving could have taken over as the new king of the team. Why request to leave if the team is just going to fall into your lap?

The rest of the fans though still believe in James’ dedication to the team and his love for the city. The analysts all argue that leaving a winning team would almost certainty ruin his legacy.

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No matter what side of the fence you are on, you can’t argue that the trade has made an impact one way or another. James may of not even made a decision yet but this trade, and the outlook of the team will be in his head when he does.