There's growing speculation about LeBron James's next destination. Will he actually go to Hollywood? Will he stay with the Cavs even after owner Dan Gilbert inadvertently low-balled James? It's a great mystery that will escalate into a crescendo come the summer of 2018.
There's no doubt that James has had a fruitful career. He's averaged 27.2 PPG, 7.1 APG, 7.3 RPG, and has a field goal percentage of .503 in his 14-year career. He makes his teammates better and has freakish size at his position. LeBron's got a leg up on his career averages as well, averaging 28.1 PPG, 9.1 APG, 8.3 RPG, and has a field goal percentage of .578 in 29 games this season.
So where will he end up next year? The Lakers seem like the logical option; he just bought a $23 million mansion in Los Angeles after all. He'll help expedite the Lakers' rebuilding process to legitimate contender. But what if he goes somewhere else, like say the Houston Rockets? Imagine a starting line-up with James Harden, LeBron, and a revitalized Chris Paul. That would be an offensive juggernaut that would have Mike D'Antoni drooling.
But what if he decided he wanted to stay in the Eastern Conference and continue to dominate there? One team that would come to mind are the 76ers. They'll have cap space to work with if they move a couple players and "The Process" will be in full blossom. Imagine the size that this Sixers team will have with a young Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to go with LeBron. That's a scary thought.
But what if he wants to return to Cleveland? Yes, Gilbert did LeBron dirty by getting rid of general manager David Griffin this past summer. But LeBron is from Akron and he does have his buddy, Dwayne Wade, with him this year. Maybe Wade stays longer on the Cavs as a co-leader with LeBron? Besides, not many people saw LeBron returning to Cleveland coming. However, there is a good feeling that Cavalier fans will vent their frustrations on Gilbert instead of LeBron due to Gilbert's summer actions.
Whatever the case, LeBron will make whichever team he signs with better. He's a great asset, a great teammate to have around, and perhaps the best all-around NBA player of all-time. You know you can't wait for LeBron-Mania in the summer of 2018!
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