This coming summer is going to be filled with rumors and innuendo regarding where future Hall of Famer LeBron James might end up. In the midst of what has been a disappointing season with the Cavaliers, there’s a good chance James departs in free agency.
We’ve heard the Los Angeles Lakers bandied about as a potential landing spot. The team cleared even more long-term cap room by moving Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. during February’s trade deadline. It now has enough room for two max contracts. Meanwhile, the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers are the latest team to be mentioned as a potential suitor for King James.
According to this one report from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, only four teams will be in on landing James once free agency starts. That includes the above-mentioned Cavaliers, Lakers and 76ers. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets join that group as the fourth team with a opportunity to land James.
“I’ve consistently heard from multiple league sources that LeBron currently has only four teams on his list: the Cavaliers, Lakers, Rockets, and 76ers,” O’Connor reported.
Houston is an interesting potential landing spot in that it enters Thursday’s action with the NBA’s best record and in the midst of a 17-game winning streak. James is close to Rockets guard Chris Paul, which makes this report even more credible.
Earlier suggestions were that James would sit down with the Golden State Warriors if they were to show interest in his services. It’s not yet known whether that is actually the case.
In a summer that’s going to be filled with a bevy of high-profile players changing addresses, the James’ dynamic will be the overwhelming storyline.