Fox Sports has revealed that Kyrie James, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James will all be moving on to other teams.
The team announced the moves today, with James and Thompson joining LeBron James, James Jones, Kevin Love, LeBron James Jr, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Chris Bosh on the list of players to be released.
According to Fox Sports, these moves will see the Cavs begin the offseason by acquiring two additional first round picks, with the Cavs being able to move up to the second round in order to acquire a future first round pick in the event that they trade down.
Fox Sports notes that if the Cavs can’t get a first rounder, they will be able to trade down and pick up a future third rounder in order for the Cavaliers to acquire another first round selection.
While this seems like a rather minor move for a team that is expected to finish as high as 15th in the East, it is a huge deal for the Cavs to move on from Irving.
He is currently on the cusp of being the franchise’s franchise player, and it would be incredibly hard for the team to lose him.
The Cavs are expected to retain the services of Irving and James as the future of the franchise, and a team like the Cavs will have a huge advantage in building a future franchise.