The Cleveland Cavaliers are in position to go to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year. Even though the team has endured a tumultuous run in 2017-18, franchise superstar LeBron James said his only focus is on getting back to the Finals–and not where he could potentially play next season.
James, who could test free agency, has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers in recent days, only because fans have paid to erect billboards advertising those cities.
Despite the best efforts of the fans, LeBron said he will not let his attention wander over the course of the team’s final 18 regular season games.
“I've still got too much work to do here," James said while at the UCLA campus. "One thing about me and my career … is that I handle my business accordingly, and when that time comes, I'll take care of that. But right now, my job right now is to get these guys prepared for the Clippers tonight and then how we can continue to get better going down the stretch."
According to various reports, the Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Lakers are all expected to be in hot pursuit.
The Cavs are hoping that the recent trade deadline activity will catapult the team come playoff time. The aging roster got a jolt when general manager Koby Altman acquired Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and George Hill.
With an injury to Tristan Thompson, Nance Jr. has slid into the starting lineup, joining Hill and the recently appointed Hood. Jordan Clarkson is serving as a scoring sparkplug off the bench. Head coach Tyronn Lue will also need to integrate forward Kevin Love back into the lineup when he returns from a broken hand later this month.
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