It came up earlier that, in Miami, LeBron had to be the guy to do everything. If you pair him with Love and Irving, suddenly you're able to give him more rest and maybe max him out at 36 minutes a night, compared to 38 or 40. Tom Haberstroh has done a lot of research on how these long playoff runs and trips to the Finals have added up for LeBron. Getting him those extra minutes on the bench could be very valuable come playoff time.
Karl: My gut would say you play Kyrie and LeBron away from each other. For the rest periods of time, those seven to 10 minutes in the first half, and the seven to 10 minutes in the second half -- those 14-20 minutes you have to give the personality of the team to Kyrie. You've got to give him some love in those situations. The rest of the game, I think you have LeBron be the guy who is dictating how you play. It's tough to share a team psychologically, especially among three players. It's easier with two because when one of them goes off the court, the third fiddle becomes a dominating personality like an explosive sixth man.
When LeBron comes out, I'd put Kyrie back in with a team that fits him. The vast majority of your offensive structure is going to have to be based around him having the ball in his hands.
Elhassan: I'd keep Waiters. Getting those types of talents is the hard part. The easier part is figuring it out. You have to at least give him the opportunity.
We are assuming he'd have a problem finding his way, but I don't think that's fair at this point. I think you have to at least go into camp and give it a chance to be successful. If he's not on board, you can start exploring different deals. He's a really specific kind of talent when you look at it. He's not a 1, he's not a 2, he's not a pure shooter, he needs the ball in his hands. You look at a team like the Philadelphia 76ers as a fit. It makes sense for them because he's still on the rookie scale. He's not good enough to influence their wins or losses right now, but in a couple of years, he's a nice kind of secondary playmaker with Michael Carter-Williams and the big guys up front.
Phoenix is another place to consider. How long can it continue with the all-point guard backcourt? I think Eric Bledsoe is going to take the qualifying offer there. If he does, he'll be unrestricted next summer and I think he'll be gone. That relationship is somewhat strained between him and the Suns' front office. Goran Dragic is another unrestricted free agent next year as well. The Suns may be in a position to add talent.