The NBA Finals are upon us and NBA fans around the world couldn’t be more hyped. Almost every story line is centered around Lebron James and his legacy.
The most talked about one in the media and amongst fans is, if LeBron leads the Cavs to back-to-back championships does this make him the greatest ever above Jordan? The thing that the media isn’t talking about about is regardless if the Cavs win or lose this year, LeBron could possibly leave Cleveland next summer.
LeBron has the flexibility to opt out of his contract at the end of the 2018 season and become an unrestricted free agent.
The King showed us when he left Cleveland the first time, the thing that mattered the most to him was winning.
When he came back to Cleveland, his goal was to bring “The Land” a ship, which he already has done.
Now, LeBron’s main goal is back to winning as many championships as he possibly can.
He also just recently stated that chasing Jordan is a ‘Personal goal’.
LeBron James is chasing Michael Jordan’s legacy.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) May 25, 2017
So, where the heck would LeBron go?
LeBron has always showed a ton of interest in teaming up with his banana boat buddies, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and former teammate Dwyane Wade.
— 1 Miami (@1Miami_) March 20, 2017
The team that could possibly handle those probable Hall of Famers is the Los Angeles Clippers
Contractually it could work.
This Summer, the Clippers must resign Chris Paul, let Blake Griffin walk, and trade DeAndre Jordan for Carmelo Anthony.
Next summer, they must have D-Wade, who would be 36, agree to take a massive pay cut and LeBron opts out and and signs a max deal with the Clippers.
— Elodia Gasperi (@Elodia_Gasperi) April 9, 2017
However, the max the Clippers would be able to offer him would be exponentially less, around 70 million dollars less than what the Cavs could offer him.
If LeBron still wishes to play with his buddies, the option will be there come Summer 2018.
A couple things to think about for this scenario,
- Would a Clipper team entering the 2018-2019 season with Lebron, D-Wade, Melo, and CP3 be the favorites to win it all?
- Could LeBron do Cleveland dirty like that again?
Only time will tell, but stranger things have happened.