Two teams have been mentioned as realistic options for LeBron James in free agency this summer. Those two teams: the Lakers and the Cavs. Los Angeles is listed as the favorite, while Cleveland is believed to have somewhat of a chance.
Is there space for a third team to enter the mix? The Denver Nuggets are attempting to find out.
Yahoo! Sports' Chris Mannix is reporting that Denver is trying to land a meeting with James. The Nuggets are "aggressively" pursuing LeBron on the free agency market.
Denver believes it is the best short-term fit for LeBron.
Denver has been in contact with James’ agent, Rich Paul, and has doggedly tried to position the team as James’ best option, the source said. Paul George’s decision to re-sign with Oklahoma City has taken a potential James teammate in Los Angeles off the board, and thus far the Lakers’ talks with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard have gained no traction.
The Nuggets were busy on Sunday, agreeing to terms with Nikola Jokic on a five-year, $147 million deal and with Will Barton on a four-year, $53 million contract. Denver doesn’t have the cap space to sign James, but the Nuggets have several sizable expiring contracts that could be off-loaded to teams that want to clear cap space for the summer of 2019.
The Nuggets are eager for an opportunity to sell James on a frontcourt pairing with Jokic, a 23-year-old franchise center and one of the NBA’s best passing big men. A Jokic-James pairing would instantly make Denver one of the best playmaking teams in the league.
Good for Denver. Talent-wise, the Nuggets are potentially as good an option as any.
However, it seems incredibly doubtful that LeBron would seriously consider Denver as an option. But, maybe the Nuggets will be able to get him in a room and convince him. It's obviously worth a shot.