James, meanwhile, has dropped subtle hints that this free agency decision will be much different than those in 2010 and 2014 as he is older, has a family, and is "bigger than basketball".
James' camp has been in contact with Cleveland's front office, according to Vardon, but there's been no real discussion about his future, meaning the Cavs essentially will be flying blind into a loaded draft in which they own a top-10 pick.
With 15 seasons under his belt and a 3-6 record in the NBA Finals, James is looking to join a team that can help him win another title. The second year is a player option.
Cavs have eighth pick in tonight's NBA Draft.
Cleveland has inquired about the availability of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, but the franchise does not believe it has the realistic assets to convince the Spurs to deal them the former NBA Finals MVP, considering what other teams on the market can offer. "I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode".
Which team Toronto could potentially make a deal with remains to be seen, and a trade might not develop until Thursday night.
Until then, expect the James rumors to come fast and furious.
Landing Kevin Love would definitely lift up this team's chances in the Eastern Conference, although they would have to trade away Otto Porter Jr, the 15th overall pick in this Draft, and a future 1st and 2nd round pick in order to get him. Paul, a long-time friend of James, has reportedly said that James doesn't want to be in Houston and would rather end up in Los Angeles.
Young could be gone by the time the Cavs are on the clock, but Sexton would be a nice backup plan.
This year, the Cavs face another unique challenge in the decision-making process: Will we base our draft/pick choice on the current coaching staff or the prospective coaching staff. The Cavs have always been interested in Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships.
Christian Hinton of clesportstalk.com, through a source, wrote that LeBron is leaning toward staying in Cleveland.
So where does a superstar like James would fit in as an off-the-ball player?