We're about a week into LeBron James Free Agency Watch Season. Here's the latest on the impending decision from the NBA's best player.
James-to-Los Angeles is the outcome getting the most hype right now. The Lakers have become the betting favorite at the sportsbooks. There's serious talk about James being joined by one or two superstars in L.A., too.
The Kawhi Leonard trade demand news has only increased this. Leonard reportedly prefers the Lakers as a trade destination, seemingly making a James/Kawhi tandem in L.A. quite possible.
However, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst sees that as unlikely.
Windhorst sees a LeBron/Kawhi/Paul George superteam forming in Los Angeles as a "long shot."
"I know a lot of people are assuming these guys (Kawhi, LeBron, PG) are going to end up on the Lakers together," Windhorst said on SportsCenter. "I think that's a long shot at this point."
There seem to be a couple of reasons why this Lakers scenario is unlikely:
- The Spurs could be very unwilling to trade Leonard to a Western Conference team, especially a rival in the Lakers.
- George is reportedly very much considering re-signing in Oklahoma City. He clearly loves Los Angeles, but him heading to the Lakers doesn't appear to be as much of a lock as people originally thought.
- James, meanwhile, has a lot of options, and it doesn't seem like there is any clear favorite at the moment.
NBA free agency begins on July 1. Stay tuned.