The Cavaliers' first big break in luring LeBron James back to Cleveland came on Tuesday, when the Washington Wizards -- not the New Jersey Nets -- won the NBA draft lottery.
The Nets had a 25 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick, and by extension Kentucky's John Wall, who is widely considered the best player available. But the Wizards' 10 percent chance at the top pick came through. Had the Nets won the right to draft Wall, it would've served as an added enticement to James to join his buddy Jay-Z in New Jersey. James is close to Wall based on the King's relationship with the Kentucky program and coach John Calipari.
Of course, James could wind up in New Jersey, anyhow. But the fact Wall won't be there at least helps a little bit.