What will King James do now?
Wow, what an NBA season it was, Miami and San Antonio met for a finals rematch, with the Spurs crushing the Heat in five games, Cleveland once again snags the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and perhaps the biggest news of the offseason so far …. Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract with the Knicks… hahaha… just kidding.
While ‘Melo testing free agency is certainly big news, Tuesday’s news that LeBron James will opt out of his contract with Miami is the bombshell of the summer.
I know the NBA isn’t the MOV’s most popular sport, but anytime the best player in the world becomes a free agent it makes news everywhere… especially for a certain city in Ohio.
Let’s take a look and see where James could be taking his talents during the 2014-15 NBA season:
* Speaking of that Ohio city, many have said that there is too much bad blood between LeBron James and Cavalier owner Dan Gilbert for a second homecoming to happen…however the Cavs may have the most to offer LeBron if he were to return to Cleveland.
The Cavs would be able to pair James (a former No. 1 pick himself) with three other No. 1 picks (Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and whoever is selected first this year).
Those three players would provide LeBron with the young healthy teammates he needs to take Cleveland back to the finals., support he failed to receive the first time before moving to South Beach.
* Coming off the worst season in Lakers history, expect the Purple and Gold to throw everything…including the kitchen sink at James this summer.
It is no secret that the Lakers have been talking about a possible James, Bryant, Anthony trio even going so far as to not hire a coach and wait until those three players sign to take recommendations on for whom they want to play.
Expect wild rumors to swirl about the Lakers the longer James remains unsigned.
* Speaking of Los Angeles, the “Lob City” Clippers could also land the King’s services.
James would join Chris Paul and Blake Griffin along with coach Doc Rivers and a young team to possibly form the newest dynasty in the NBA … provided the Clippers learn to play defense.
* The current NBA champion San Antonio Spurs are a dark horse in the running for King James services and would be an excellent spot for him to sign.
The Spurs just win, having not had a losing season since the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1996 and have shown that they still have talent by dismantling LeBron’s Heat in this year’s finals.
I am sure the old adage “If you can’t beat them join them,” comes to mind here but this may simply be the best option for James.
There is the possibility that he will return to Miami but if that is the case why opt out of your original deal?
No matter where he lands, one thing is for certain, the balance of power in the NBA is going to shift from South Beach to wherever James ends up or stay there.
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