Do the Hypothetical Kyrie Irving Trades Help LeBron James?

All of the rumors swirling around Kyrie Irving's impending trade focus on how it will help convince LeBron James to stay in Cleveland. Will anything in these trades make his 2017-2018 season any easier?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are winning the offseason if the game is to make the most headlines. The Cavs have not made a single headline that makes their fans puff up with pride since winning game four of the NBA Finals. In case you've forgotten, here's an incomplete list of what has happened since then.

  • Cavs lose game five, ending the series
  • Cavs aggressively pursue Jimmy Butler and Paul George but get neither player
  • Owner decides he won't pay GM David Griffin anywhere near his market value after not allowing Griffin to interview with other teams
  • Griffin leaves
  • Cavs don't take part in NBA draft
  • Agreement in place to sign a guy who has never worked in an NBA front office (Chauncey Billups) to be the head of the Cavaliers' front office (but wasn't around for the draft)
  • NBA free agency starts while Cavs still have no front office members beyond 3rd-level assistant GM and notoriously assholish owner
  • Billups says no to job
  • Cavs sign 36-year-old Jose Calderon, the world shakes head in confusion
  • Three weeks into free agency, and while there is still no official GM, news leaks that superstar Kyrie Irving wants to be traded
  • 3rd level assistant GM Koby Altman takes job
  • Cavs sign former MVP and accused gang-rapist Derrick Rose
  • Cavs unable to find suitable trade partners for Kyrie Irving, despite rumors linking him to several teams and cities
  • Nike unveils new uniforms, fan base yawns and acknowledges that the lettering is almost identical to the Suns...and Jacksonville Jaguars. Nike is getting lazy

That about covers it, right? Did you spot any good news in there? Maybe jersey collectors are happy because there's something new to spend hundreds of dollars on? Otherwise, this has been about as rough an offseason as I can ever remember (2010 notwithstanding, of course).

The dark cloud over everything has been that everyone is speculating on what LeBron James will do in the summer of 2018, which countless radio shows saying their sources suggest he'll leave Cleveland.