Rumors are swirling that LeBron James will look to leave Cleveland for a second time after next season and potentially head out west. If he is not on the Cavaliers after 2017/18, James’ departure would have a domino effect across the league. A. Sherrod Blakely joined Mike Felger and Gary Tanguay at CSN New England to discuss Celtics general manager Danny Ainge‘s potential moves if James heads out West and weakens the Eastern Conference.
Blakely believes that no matter James’ future, Ainge should not focus on what’s going around the league, focusing instead on his own team. The Celtics have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft and are coming off a year where they were the first seed in the East. The Celtics have their own issues to address, including the impending free agency of Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and others.
In any case, the Celtics are in the best position of any Eastern Conference team to unseat the Cavaliers as the class of division and a James departure after next season only strengthens that.
Here are other notes from around the Atlantic Division:
- Bobby Marks of The Vertical previewed the Celtics‘ offseason agenda and gave three key points the team should focus on. Marks feels Boston needs to properly allocate its cap space and not be tempted by dealing its first overall pick on a rental player such as Paul George, while being open-minded on the trade market.
- The Raptors announced a two-day free agent camp starting today in which 23 free agents will work out for the team. Some notable names on the list include former Knicks forward Cleanthony Early, former Kings and Rockets forward Tyler Honeycutt, and former NBA D-League player Damien Inglis.
- Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders (via Twitter) provided a list of players the Nets worked out today, including Jamel Artis, Milton Doyle, Isaac Humphries, Alpha Kaba, L.J. Peak and Sindarius Thornwell.
- The 76ers announced the following players will particpate in a pre-draft workout on Friday morning: Jamel Artis (Pittsburgh); Amida Brimah (Connecticut); Isaac Humphries (Kentucky); London Perrantes (Virginia); Davon Reed (Miami); and Jeremy Senglin (Weber State).