The Cleveland Cavaliers want LeBron James to commit to the franchise before building around him while he wants to see the team execute a plan before committing to them.
While Cleveland wants James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.
The Cavaliers have become more fixated on acquiring a young star such as Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jamal Murray in their trade inquiries involving Irving.
Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player back in return for Irving. If James was committed long-term, they could trade Irving for veterans.
Cleveland has been deliberate with the trade process and conversations could become more aggressive in September close to the start of camp.