NBA Free Agency: Where will LeBron James land next season?
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 6/12/2018, 10:25 a.m.
Who will be the team's next general manager? And would James be patient with a younger team?
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles has been seen as a favorable landing spot for James for about a year now. He has two homes there.
There's also the money. According to Spotrac, the Lakers have the most cap space. But they need more than James to come to Los Angeles to be a playoff contender. Would California native Paul George join him? Might Chris Paul take less money and head to Los Angeles?
If James ends up with the Lakers, he'll need to bring help with him.
This feels like a long shot. Houston doesn't have the money to offer to James. That likely would be needed to re-sign Paul and/or Clint Capela.
Still, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has admitted openly he is obsessed about beating the Golden State Warriors, and his team came oh-so-close this year, falling in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Morey isn't shy about making moves, like when he acquired Paul in a blockbuster trade last summer. Can he shed Ryan Anderson's contract? Would Paul sign for less?
Most likely, James and the Cavaliers would need to agree to a sign-and-trade to Houston, which is what James did when he went to Miami in 2010.
It would be tricky, but not impossible.