Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins is one of the writers most tapped into LeBron James, and he discussed the Cleveland Cavaliers star on ESPN’s The Jump today.
Jenkins has gotten some of the biggest scoops in the NBA in recent years, and notably published James’ announcement that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the 2014-15 season.
It is reasonable to think that he may have a good idea of the things important to James, even if he doesn’t know what The King is thinking with regards to his next move.
Many have pinned him to the Los Angeles Lakers, which would give James a huge market, a historic franchise to helm, and some interesting young talents like Lonzo Ball to play with.
However, Jenkins isn’t sold on the market being a huge factor. He thinks James wants to win championships, first and foremost.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 1, 2017
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The teams that he brought up—Oklahoma City and San Antonio—are both interesting. OKC certainly has an established roster, but LeBron with Russell Westbrook seems like a weird fit. San Antonio is a bit more intriguing, given the mutual admiration between James and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
The Lakers could make a run at Paul George to pair with LeBron, giving the team two established top stars to pair with potential ones like Ball and last year’s No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram. Of course, we still have a lot of basketball left before he has to make another very difficult decision.