It seems to me that, right now at least, LeBron leaving the Cavs isn't as bad as I thought it would be. The reason for that is the way he left; utterly destroying and past connection he had with Cleveland. That actually made it easier to move on.
Would the Cavs be better with him? Absolutely they would. He's a terrific basketball player. The size of his ego dwarfs the amount of talent he has though, and that's something I never realized before. Were the Cavs enablers of that? Yes. Were the fans? Yes. I just never saw the entire scope of it until now.
So, rumor has it that the Cavs will get 2 future 1st round picks and 2 future 2nd round picks as well as a $14.5 million trade exception. Unfortunately, the picks are all at a point in time when Miami will be among the best teams in the league and therefore very late first and second round. Those assets are better than getting nothing though. The trade exception can be used to immediately trade for any single player making up to $14.5 million next year. That means in theory they could trade that straight up for Chris Paul and only give up the trade exception to get him. Will that particular trade happen? There's no chance of it, but they could get someone like Al Jefferson who would be a good pickup for the Cavs as they have little to no depth at the center spot now.
It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.