To have enough space for both George and James, team president Magic Johnson and Co. The only question left is where James will drive — or fly — with the fuel he has left. James could try to arrange a situation where he goes to a team that also trades for Leonard, but it makes the entire process more complicated. Perhaps the biggest draw to remaining in Cleveland is that Northeast Ohio is home to the Akron native. Based on his regular-season performance, he was last summer's best value signing. And what if someone slaps a lucrative offer sheet on restricted free agent Julius Randle in the meantime? Houston got him for the veteran minimum, and it surrendered 101.
Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices. However, with free agency nearing, it appears as though some of James' best options are falling away. Plunk them next to professional scorer Devin Booker and add French point guard Elie Okobo, who has the ability for lightning-bolt offensive explosions, and the Valley of the Nones has some appeal again, not to mention cap room. The other betting options are the Warriors +1000 , Los Angeles Clippers +1200 or a return to the Miami Heat +1600 , but none of those are considered realistic. He has signed short-term deals since returning to the Cavs and may do so again to keep options open.
With James and George in the fold, Los Angeles would also return almost the entirety of their exciting group of players aged 24 or younger, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. But people in their respective city want me to play for them. For some reason, my bet is the still the Lakers. It might come down to choosing between the future of the Lakers and the Cavs. But he was clearly focused on the new home team. As I mentioned earlier about all the switching happening now, the playoffs reinforced that you just can't afford to have a player like Thomas on the floor in a meaningful game for long stretches, and certainly not at the end of games.
Kawhi Leonard is obviously out there, but the notion of dealing away someone like a Jaylen Brown to get him is a scary one for Boston fans, for obvious reasons. The level of competition is much higher in the West, making for a more strenuous regular season as well as a more challenging postseason. One key question: Is the young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart a drawing card? The Houston Rockets are led by general manager Daryl Morey, an executive known for his boldness in improving his roster; pulling an absolute shocker like landing James would be right up his alley. Simmons dominated the ball as a rookie in much the same way James has throughout his career. His work is often littered with video evidence so as to give statistical data meaning. Similarly, Amick reported that the San Antonio Spurs are telling teams that if they trade Kawhi Leonard, it'll be to an Eastern Conference team.
It might not even require something of that magnitude to put the Celtics over the top, though. Oklahoma City all-star small forward Paul George is arguably a better free-agent option for the Sixers than James, who will turn 34 at the end of December. Go to the west how many finals do you make before your career is over 2-3? We will continue forward and do all that is necessary to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner No. But the bottom line is this: After a four-season stretch in which the Lakers won just 27. LeBron James could be a free agent this summer. Am I doing this right, Stephen A.
You can find much more information about your privacy choices in. Someday, in the next several years, James will not be the best player in the world or the biggest draw in the sport. And would Harden, James and Paul, without the supporting cast that made Houston such a strong contender this season, be enough to beat the Warriors? As he recovered from one root canal, he pondered another, more painful and stubborn. New York hired David Fizdale as its coach, and Fizdale has a strong relationship with James going back to when James played for Miami and Fizdale was an assistant. So while the Houston scenario involves a number of hurdles, it still likely represents James' best, most realistic shot at winning a title next season.
As long as the back-to-back defending champs retain their core, they are the smart pick to threepeat at +100 odds. James, some have surmised, wants to play for coach Gregg Popovich before his legendary run is up. Yet not only would it be tough for them to make max room for James on their payroll even after the Feb. Expect no interviews, no videos, no elaborate explanations for at least a month. Philadelphia 76ers LeBron James alongside Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons who shares the same agent, Rich Paul, with James , Dario Saric and J. Now Hackett will reportedly be working with Aaron Rodgers. Will he stay or will he go? Yes, the critics will ask why he would return to a team that just got swept by Golden State.
He is the best player in the world. The overhaul was complete, with Buss pushing for more synergy between the front office and ownership with the hopes that it would lead to this kind of prize. Brad Botkin: The say the easiest answer is usually the right one, and the Lakers is the easiest answer. So where do you think he signs? Philadelphia would put him alongside Ben Simmons, who, for all his talent, hasn't shown he can play off the ball yet. Windhorst: There is no perfect situation. Ward-Henninger: Due in part to DeMarcus Cousins' Achilles injury and missing the playoffs, Clint Capela became the top center in this year's free agent class after a brilliant postseason performance.
Which under-the-radar free agent do you expect to make a big impact next season? There are better opportunities out there for him, so if he decides to re-sign with the Thunder, I'll eat my hat. With that in mind, we rank his realistic suitors based solely on their on-court efforts to this point. Wade is 36, LeBron 33. The best player in the game bringing a marquee franchise back to prominence clearly has a ring; whether that's enough to get LeBron an actual ring -- his fourth -- that's up for debate. He's also a proven playoff performer, and can fit into pretty much any offensive system. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. However, money may not be the deciding factor in where he plays next season.