The Summer of LeBron Part 3 begins now and may the odds be ever in your favor.
If you’ve been diligently paying attention to NBA or the world in general these last few months, you are probably aware that LeBron James can opt out of his contract this summer to become a free agent again. Spoiler Alert: LeBron will opt out. The Summer of LeBron is upon us once again and just like the NBA Finals, the end result is a foregone conclusion but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun and look at some notable potential landing spots for King James.
Golden State Warriors
Just cancel the NBA season next year if this happens.
San Antonio Spurs
LeBron talked about basketball I.Q. in a recent media session and nowhere would his basketball I.Q. be stimulated like it would be with the Spurs. LeBron and Pop would be a player/coach combo made in heaven. Not to mention the, Spurs (currently) have this guy named Kawhi Leonard on the team and rumor has it, he is pretty good. While the tandem of Kawhi and James is tantalizing the rest of the Spurs roster doesn’t quite stack up. There is too much firepower in the West for this team to be a true contender, but they would be a must watch TV all season long. Also, it’s in San Antonio. Does anyone really want to live in San Antonio?
This is a newer rumor and seems pretty unrealistic. I can’t imagine LeBron and Kyrie playing on the same team again after what transpired this year. Luckily, Kyrie and the Celtics don’t have a GM that makes crazy decisions like trading fan favorite point guards after successful seasons so he doesn’t have anything to worry about. Kyrie not withstanding, the Celtics would have to move too many parts around to make this work and they already have a great core in place. Oh by the way, their two marquee players missed a ton of time last year. Getting Kyrie and Gordan Hawyard back already feels like a win for Boston, so why shake that up? If the Celtics didn’t shoot like they had never touched a basketball in game 7 against the Cavs, they would have been in the NBA Finals (and been a much more worthy opponent to the Warriors). The Celtics have a chance to be a contender for a long time with the team they’ve assembled and throwing James into the mix just doesn’t make a ton of sense.
New Orleans Pelicans
This one is more a dream than even a rumor. LeBron would never go to New Orleans, but the thought of him and Anthony Davis on the same team is a basketball fantasy worth dreaming about.
If LeBron went to Houston it would be a let down. The greatest player of this generation would come off as a desperate title chaser and that doesn’t seem like something he would do. James knows whatever team he is on is a legitimate contender and going to the the Rockets would feel a little bit like he’s waving the white flag. If he does end up in Houston, the trio of Harden, Chris Paul and James would be the most formidable challenger to the Warriors and when these two teams met in the Western Conference Finals next year it would be the defacto NBA Finals. No team from the East would beat either of those teams in the Finals. Just like with the Celtics, the Rockets would have to move a lot of pieces to make it happen and while this would make sense from the standpoint of competing with the Warriors it would still feel like a big let down. Besides, look how terrible this is…
Where LeBron Should Go
LeBron, Simmons, Embiid, Dario and a fan pulled from the stands would go 82-0 and 16-0 in the playoffs and would go down as the greatest team of all time.
Burner Bummer that it won’t happen. #TrustTheProcess
Where LeBron Will Go
Los Angeles Lakers
Did you know that LeBron James owns a $20 million dollar mansion in L.A.? Did you also know that he bought a second $20 million dollar mansion in L.A. last year? If my math is right, that is two houses and $40 million dollars of real estate in one city. You don’t make that kind of investment unless you plan on being there full time. While the Lakers probably couldn’t compete for a title off the bat in the loaded Western Conference the long term prospects would be ideal. LeBron on his own could already lure almost any free agent to whatever team he is on, add in L.A. as a destination and he could cherry pick anyone to come play with him. Much like the NBA Finals the outcome to the Summer of LeBron is already known even if we don’t want to admit it. Also, this is how an artist rendering should be done.