With a meeting between LeBron James and the Heat scheduled for Wednesday in Las Vegas, the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing a move that will either be consider brilliant or desperate once LeBron decides on his future.
In a three-team deal that also includes the Boston Celtics, the Cavs are set to trade Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday to create additional salary-cap space for LeBron, according to a report by ESPN.com. Meanwhile Cleveland has sent Tyler Zeller and a future first-round pick to the Celtics. The Celtics also reportedly will acquire Brooklyn's Marcus Thornton in the deal.
The Cavaliers also have reached out to Ray Allen, ESPN reported. Allen has stated that he would like to play with LeBron next season, but the 18-year veteran also has considered retirement.
The three-team trade cannot actually happen until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday when the NBA's moratorium on free agency ends.
The timing of this massive trade news is no coincidence. Riley and the Heat will pitch LeBron on remaining in Miami today.