LeBron James: ‘We gotta get a point guard. It’s my last time saying it’
But LeBron James isn’t satisfied.LeBron, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
“We still got a couple more things we need to do,” James said Friday, when asked if Cleveland’s pending trade with Atlanta for Korver was a “championship move.”
“We gotta get a point guard,” James said. “It’s my last time saying it. We need a point guard.”
The Cavaliers have a hole behind Kyrie Irving, a key reason LeBron is playing 37.1 minutes per game – his most since his return to Cleveland – despite Tyronn Lue stating a plan to rest LeBron more. LeBron often runs the point with the second unit and probably wouldn’t mind easing his load. At this point, he sounds irritated it hasn’t happened yet.
The only other point guards on the roster were Kay Felder and Mo Williams. Felder is a 5-foot-9 second-round rookie who mostly hasn’t looked ready for the NBA, though his scoring has been fine as a rotation member the last few games. His distributing is nearly invisible, though, as he focuses on just one element of his game at a time. Williams – reportedly included in the Korver deal – stuck around just to get paid, not actually play.
The Korver trade will reportedly open a roster spot, so the Cavs could simply sign a point guard once it’s completed. Perhaps, they eventually deal for a better backup point guard. But just getting a viable option to take minutes from LeBron for now would be a good start.