If you ask most basketball fans, there are three teams that make sense when it comes to LeBron James' free agency. The Cavs - obviously, since his family is already situated in Ohio. The Lakers - since he has a house in Los Angeles and he's never had the opportunity to play for a star-studded franchise. And the Rockets - the team that came the closest to beating the Golden State Warriors a year ago.
James joining the Rockets, with James Harden and Chris Paul, would be a huge deal. Houston would likely become some sort of a co-favorite with the Warriors to cut the nets down next June.
All that said, it doesn't look like Harden is too interested in getting involved on bringing The King to Houston. Harden, after watching a game at his middle school, told Los Angeles Times reporters that he thinks "business" and "family" are all that will matter to James in the end.
He also said that he doesn't think that James and Paul, despite being great friends, are talking about the Cavs star's free agency situation. That one is hard to believe. Here's the quote:
“Honestly, like, what, LeBron’s about to be in his 16th year in the league?,” Harden said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that can persuade him to go where he wants to go. I think it’s all up to him at this place in his career. He’s got three championships. It’s about business, it’s about family for him. Whether he wants to go to Houston or LA or stay in Cleveland, no GM, no friend, nobody can persuade him other than maybe his kids and his wife. Whatever he decides to do, he’ll do it.”
“Nahh,” Harden said. “Him and Chris are really tight. As a friend, him and Chris are really good friends. I don’t think they talk about him coming to Houston. I think they talk about basketball and if LeBron wants to say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about coming your way,’ then that’s a discussion we can have. I don’t think they talk about it.”
Houston's biggest obstacle to landing James is money. The Rockets would have to make a number of moves to both retain Paul and sign James. It's actually not as realistic a possibility as many believe it to be.
James is reportedly going to make his decision on July 6. It's going to be an interesting week.