As LeBron James and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers are a win away from going into the finals, rumors are already swirling that he would entertain the thought of going to Miami and play for the Heat or take the offer that the Los Angeles Lakers will be giving him this summer.
Now, LeBron exercised an early termination of his contract with the Heat back in 2014 to be able to sign a two-year contract with the Cavaliers worth $46.9 million including a player’s option on the second year of the contract which means LeBron could be an unrestricted free agent and join Kevin Durant this summer. An option will be weighed in if the Cavaliers make it to the finals and win an NBA Championship, LeBron might stay or move forward.
Going back to Miami would be feasible for LeBron as he always wanted to play side-by-side with his buddy Dwyane Wade and create a new “Big Three” with Hassan Whiteside completing the triumvirate together with the cast of Luol Deng, Joe Johnson, and Goran Dragic making another run for the title with Erik Spoelstra at the helm. Just as ESPN’s Stephen Smith stated that LeBron may return to the Heat after the get a championship.
“LeBron James promised the city of Cleveland, ‘I’m coming back to bring you that elusive title that has escaped this city since 1964.’ He never said anything about staying once he does accomplish that,” Smith said.
Aside from the Heat, another destination that would fit him is with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are going to spend a hefty $60 million this summer to sign top free agents and luckily a possible franchise player in the coming 2016 NBA Draft on June 23 in Brooklyn. LeBron has turned down playing with the Lakers twice, but with Kobe Bryant lost to retirement, LeBron might reconsider this time. The fact that he will be surrounded by a talented young core with Luke Walton and Brian Shaw as bench strategists, without a doubt having him on their roster would bolster their chances of getting back into as top contenders next season.
However, opting out of his contract does not guarantee that LeBron will sign with other teams, in doing so he might get a much more lucrative offer to stay with the team. But in other cases, with the overflow of money and contracts, this summer who knows LeBron might wear a different uniform next season.
There are even rumors that the Lakers might go after and form a super team with LeBron, Durant and Chris Paul all in their roster, though nothing is still of certain as the Lakers’ front office is still weighing it options as to how to maximize their $60 million budget this summer to get back to the Finals and possibly win a championship crown.
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