Shaq's advice to LeBron: Don't chase rings

Larry Nance Jr

As the Cleveland Cavaliers wait for LeBron James to make a decision about his future, the team is looking to upgrade the roster that could surround the NBA's best player.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks for a pass while under pressure from LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland.

The Cavs, according to Cleveland.com, have made contact with the Spurs about a potential trade.

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal speaks during a National Basketball Association game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. "I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode". Reports are he wants to play for the Lakers. And with the Lakers possessing the cap space to sign two stars - and perhaps the trade pieces to acquire another - this offseason, it may be a situation too ideal for James to pass up.

So, now that LeBron James is pretty much a lock to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, it feels like the team would also like to move on from Love, and would explore the market to try and get the most out of him. With the Celtics considered by many to be the team most capable of putting together a compelling package for Leonard, James could be all but forced to take his talents elsewhere should Cleveland's biggest Eastern Conference rival make such a dramatic improvement.

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With three days before the National Basketball Association draft, Koby Altman and the Cavaliers front office will have to make decisions without insight into LeBron James' free agency decision.

But with last week's trade request, the NBA's annual offseason game of dominos is officially underway.

You can make the case that going after rings, namely with the hope that he'd beat the Warriors to get them, is a bad idea.

We're closing in on the 2018 NBA Draft, which means free agency is just around the corner.

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