For the third year in a row, LeBron James powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals.
James’ legacy as a Hall of Famer is surely already secure but aged 32 his window on a fourth Championship may be closing. The Cavaliers can expect to win the Eastern Conference again next season, even with an improving Boston Celtics team, but Golden State will likely still present too high a hurdle in the Finals.
One solution? James, whose contract with the Cavaliers expires in 2018, could move out west according to Adrian Wojnarowski, host of basketball talk show The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
“Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there’s an expectation he’s re-signing there [with the Cavaliers],” Wojnarowski said. “I think they feel, I think within Cleveland and around the league, they feel that he’s very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two L.A. teams. The Lakers could very well be a target.”
Wojnarowski added that the Miami Heat, with whom James won his first two NBA Championships, could also be a possibility.
Of course, by moving out west James would encounter Golden State before the Finals. But the Lakers, who seem likely to pick UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second overall in the upcoming draft, would offer intriguing possibilities and allow James to pursue his interests outside of basketball in the city.
Another option among many—James stays with the Cavaliers who sign a superstar to play alongside him and Kyrie Irving, dragging Cleveland closer to Golden State in the offseason. Whatever happens, as always with James, it will be must-watch.
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