Today I’m going to discuss Lebron James’ top five landing spots in the offseason. All 30 teams want him but he’s already disclosed the list of the only four teams he’s considering joining. I’m going to tell you why he should be thinking about a fifth as well. After telling you why Lebron may join these 5 teams, percentages will be shown below out of 100% to tell you the probability each team has of landing The King.
5. Miami Heat
Okay, let me explain this. Lebron won two titles in Miami, then he went back home to Cleveland and won another. He currently has three titles with two different teams. That doesn’t hurt his legacy, we can all live with that. Now what if he goes to a third team? What does that do to his legacy? I feel it will negatively effect it. He loves South Beach, and for good reason. He can go back to Miami and bring some friends to play for his squad and live a very comfortable life. Odds are though, this won’t happen because according to sources, Lebron isn’t even considering playing for the Heat next year but maybe he should.
Probability of landing Lebron: 5%
4. Houston Rockets
This to me is a long shot. Don’t get it mistaken, if Lebron James joins the Houston Rockets, I can pretty much tell you who’s going to be in the Western Conference Finals next year. Golden State may not have an answer for CP3, Harden, and LBJ, I don’t care how good they are defensively. The only problem with this occurring though is that Lebron’s legacy would be heavily tarnished for joining such an already great team. If he wants to win NOW, he’ll go to Houston, if he wants to continue building his legacy, he’ll stay in Cleveland.
Probability of landing Lebron: 5%
3. Philadelphia 76ers
Why doesn’t Lebron go to Philly and ‘Trust the Process?’ You have a great young team that’s only going to get better. Ben Simmons is going to be an All Star for years to come and Joel Embiid is becoming one of the best big men in the league. Why won’t he join the 76ers? Well, Ben Simmons is the future of this team. He is their primary ball handler and Joel Embiid is great but if I’m Lebron, I’m not trusting his health. Do you see Ben Simmons taking the ball up while Lebron is sitting in the corner and vice versa? No? I didn’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, this team is going to be great for the next ten years but The King won’t be apart of it.
Probability of landing Lebron: 15%
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
Woah! Lebron is going to leave the Cavs! Is that what I’m telling you? Actually, yes I am. But give me some time to explain. I get it, it’s Lebron’s home, he left Miami to come back to cold and rainy Cleveland, he loves it there that much. It’s been a rough year for this Cavaliers squad though. At the beginning of the year, the Cavs front office switched things up and made tons of moves. Some of them Lebron liked and didn’t like. Regardless, like I said, it’s been rough and I don’t see it getting any better. He’ll never beat Golden State as long as he’s in Cleveland. But it’s home for him. He grew up in Akron and he’s a very loyal guy and wants to win another championship without having to leave again. The only problem with that statement though is that Lebron James is a smart guy and he realizes that if he wants to be considered as the GOAT, he’s going to have to do something to be in that conversation legitimately. At the end of the day, he has a very good chance of staying home but something tells me he’ll be leaving, one more time.
Probability of keeping Lebron: 30%
1. Los Angeles Lakers
Next year, Lebron James is going to be the starting small forward for the Lakers next year. How’s that gonna happen? Well, let me tell you how. First of all, Lebron loves LA. He has two homes there and spends the offseason there as well. The Lakers have a young nucleus too. Lonzo Ball is a great ball handler and is one of the most unselfish players in all of the NBA. Brandon Ingram has popped this season. His points per game has gone up from nine last year to sixteen this year. Kyle Kuzma has been phenomenal this year. I truly feel he has the potential to be a star in this league. But the best has yet to come, the Lakers are going to have enough cap space this offseason to sign another max player. Who do you ask could be that max player? Well that’s easy, it’s going to be Paul George. Everything is falling into place for the future of this Lakers squad. The Thunder and regressing with two all star caliber players, the Cavs have no real direction moving forward especially without Lebron and the Lakers have great young talent with lots of cap space.
I’m not saying that this team is going to beat the Warriors next year in the playoffs but to me, this is Lebron’s all around best living experience. He’s going to be 34 next season, he’s getting older, he needs superb young talent to help him and vice versa. Lebron James would be a great coach for guys like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. He’s comfortable in LA, he was born to play in the spotlight and it doesn’t get much brighter than the lights of Los Angeles. He belongs there, he doesn’t belong in cold and rainy Cleveland and I think he knows that too. He’s been the best player in the world since he came into the league back in 2003 and it’s time he showcases his truly great basketball talent in a city that will love him and cherish him, as they should.
Probability of landing Lebron: 45%
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