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People In The NBA Think LeBron Is Headed West After Next Season

Some in NBA circles reportedly think LeBron will head West after the 2017-18 season.

LeBron James has spent all of his NBA career in the Eastern Conference.

According to a report by The Ringer, there are some in NBA circles who are starting to think that's going to change after next season.

The Ringer reports that some NBA people think James is headed West after the 2017-18 season.

James is an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.

From The Ringer:

Multiple league sources I’ve spoken to think the Lakers or Clippers are viable destinations for King James. Jalen Rose said this week on First Take that he expects LeBron to make a move from Cleveland to California, where he already owns a house 30 minutes away from Staples Center. The Lakers make sense if LeBron wants to build a sustainable winner with a core blend of veterans and youthful talent like Paul George — if, as NBA gossip suggests, George truly is “hell-bent” on going to L.A. — and Brandon Ingram. The Clippers make sense if LeBron wants to form a Banana Boat Voltron with Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. The Cavaliers are in the Finals for the third consecutive season, and would be the favorites to continue making the final round for as long as LeBron chooses to stay. Leaving wouldn’t necessarily give him better odds of reaching the promised land again. But the league landscape can change quickly. If the Cavs get their doors blown off by the Warriors and are unable to effectively shuffle the deck this summer, their championship forecast for next year won’t look any rosier than it does now. If they fall short of their ultimate goal again, LeBron might look at Cleveland and see little potential for growth compared to other situations. He delivered on his goal to bring “one trophy back to Northeast Ohio,” but he has others. Namely, to “win as many titles as possible.”

LeBron going out West and forming a best-friends superteam featuring himself, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony would be really, really fun to watch.

That team probably wouldn't be good enough to beat the current version of the Warriors, though.

But it'd still be fun to watch.