Possible Destinations for LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers

Free Agents: No significant free agents

Advantages:Cleveland is his city. If a star is willing to sign with Cleveland, he should consider staying.

Disadvantages:They are an old, terrible team with little cap space. LeBron has a bad relationship with ownership as well. He should leave immediately.

Los Angeles Lakers

Free Agents: Julius Randle, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brook Lopez

Advantages: They are a young, up and coming team. He could help young players develop; he should only go if another star joins him.

Disadvantages: Too young of a team, players haven’t fully developed, can’t legitimately compete for a championship for at least a couple years with this current core.

Houston Rockets

Free Agents: Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela (R)

Advantages: The combination of Chris Paul, James Harden and LeBron James has the potential to be lethal. With the shooting depth on the Rockets, they could legitimately contend with and beat the Golden State Warriors.

Disadvantages: May have to take a small pay cut, might take more time than expected to develop good chemistry.

Philadelphia Sixers

Free Agents: JJ Redick

Advantages: Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have superstar potential.

Disadvantages: Too young of a team, players haven’t fully developed, can’t legitimately compete for a championship for at least a couple years. Ben Simmons and LeBron play similarly and it would cause chemistry problems.

Boston Celtics

Free Agents: Nobody significant

Advantages: The combination of Brad Steven’s basketball knowledge combined with LeBron’s could be lethal and potentially resemble the dominance of a Brady- Belichick duo. LeBron would run the show.

Disadvantages: Acquiring LeBron would most likely mean Hayward, Brown, Kyrie or Tatum would be traded. This could lead to tension with a possible Kyrie-LeBron meet up if he isn’t moved, which would cause them to potentially lose their star PG in free agency. It doesn’t really make sense and it would be LeBron jumping on the bandwagon even though he beat them in 7 (without Kyrie or Hayward).

Golden State Warriors

Advantages: Would probably win 3-5 more NBA finals.

Disadvantages: His legacy will be tarnished.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Free Agents: Paul George, Carmelo Anthony

Advantages: Would have enough talent to defeat the Warriors, should only go if George re-signs.

Disadvantages: Chemistry might be problematic, Westbrook would not play second-fiddle to LeBron, would have to take a pay cut assuming George and Carmelo signed the max.

Milwaukee Bucks

Free Agents: Jabari Parker (R)

Advantages: Would be the missing piece, joining forces with Giannis would be dominant enough to threaten the Warriors

Disadvantages: Do not have enough shooting to compete with the Warriors, Giannis may not be able to reach his full potential due to being the second option.

New York Knicks

Free Agents: Nobody significant

Advantages: Would get to play alongside KP, which could potentially win the Eastern Conference.

Disadvantages: Poorly run organization, too young of a team for LeBron to see any success.

I believe that it would be in LeBron’s best interests to leave Cleveland and sign with the Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Lakers. Either of those teams, with the right adjustments, could legitimately threaten the Golden State Warriors for an NBA title.

Where do you think the King will go?

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About Me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, a sophomore at the University of Miami from New York, New York. I love to play basketball and tennis and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees and all U. Miami sports. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (secondtakewithspencera).

 

 

 

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