The Golden State Warriors has outclassed the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first two games of the NBA Finals. The results have triggered rumors that LeBron James may consider leaving the Cavs if his team is destroyed by the Warriors in the finals.
The kind of resistance LeBron James and company put up in the 2015 Finals was missing in the first two games of this season’s Finals. James himself admitted after Game 2 that he needs to boost his game to lead the Cavs to a victory in Game 3.
Experts are already predicting a Warriors’ rout in the finals. And some think that would lead James to consider exercising his player option in the coming offseason.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith floated the idea on Monday morning that this could be the end of LeBron James in Cleveland.
“I’m going to go here, Skip, because it is necessary. I’m on the record saying to you I have heard if the Cavaliers were to win the championship, LeBron will have fulfilled his promise and he can leave. But if he loses, he has to stay. Obviously, it would be disastrous and catastrophic and he would be a pariah. But it wouldn’t surprise me, based on what I saw last night, if this continues in these NBA Finals, Skip, it wouldn’t surprise me if LeBron said ‘Get me the hell out of here.’ I ain’t staying for this. Let me go back to Miami or go to L.A., something other than being here.” Smith said on “First Take.”
The Cavs lack the cap space to sign any new stars this offseason. So, the Cavs won’t be able to rebuild this summer unless a massive trade is considered. And James convinced Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to sign a five-year contract with the franchise recently by promising them that he would stay. So, his premature departure would be a massive betrayal too.
The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in the Cavs‘ All-Star.
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