The Golden State Warriors have been the main force separating LeBron James from a real run at Michael Jordan’s six rings. If he can’t beat them, would he actually join them?
It is unlikely, given the Warriors cap situation, and the optics involved. However, we’ve seen it floated before.
Moments ago on ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith reported that a “conversation” will happen, at the very least.
Stephen A. Smith says LeBron James will have a conversation with the Warriors this summer.
Also says the Warriors don’t expect Kevin Durant to go elsewhere this summer.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) June 6, 2018
For the third time in the last decade, James’s free agency will be the biggest off-season storyline in the NBA. There is no very obvious landing spot.
Smith says that the future Hall of Famer will have conversations with Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Golden State, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also mentioned James’s other former team, Miami, but seemed to think that was less likely than the rest.
The Lakers have been the most oft-rumored destination for James, who has a home in the area. However, the Lakers are in the middle of a rebuild, and even adding James and another superstar like Paul George still has the team behind the Warriors and probably the Rockets.
The Sixers have picked up steam in recent weeks. Philadelphia is one of the Eastern Conference’s most promising young teams, and would keep LeBron’s path to the NBA Finals clear.
The Rockets have Chris Paul, one of LeBron’s famed “banana boat” pals, and another superstar in James Harden. Houston would have to find a way to move off a number of existing contracts, but he could fit in with that team, and would make Houston a real force.
Of course, he’s not done in Cleveland yet. Down 0-2 in the NBA Finales, James and the Cavaliers host Golden State in game three tonight.