LeBron James ‘Strongly Considering’ Joining Los Angeles Lakers

Stephen A Smith Dan Gilbert'doesn’t mind the thought of Le Bron James leaving at all

Stephen A Smith Dan Gilbert'doesn’t mind the thought of Le Bron James leaving at all

James could opt to sign a "one-and-one deal", a one-year contract for the 2018-19 season with a player option for 2019-20.

There's little doubt James has some quality years ahead of him. Many options for him are complicated, however, and it seems as if there's no ideal fit for him.

Without any additional roster moves, losing James via free agency would drop the team below the league's $123 million luxury tax line, which would save owner Dan Gilbert from paying further tax penalties and give the Cavs more flexibility in acquiring players. The greatest player of his generation is once again on the open market, with the Lakers and Cavs being the heavy favorites to sign him. The publication speculated that James would be more inclined to play alongside Leonard or George, but added that a healthy Cousins could make a huge impact nonetheless, as he averaged over 25 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists per game for the New Orleans Pelicans prior to his ACL injury in January. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has shown enormous creativity in acquiring players before, but this move might be too complex even for him. The same goes for George, who's deciding between staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder and joining the Lakers.

Meanwhile, the Lakers would likely need to land another superstar to lure LeBron.

Because the Lakers are favored to sign James, the Cavs are sixth among all teams with 18/1 title odds. Rumors also suggest that the Lakers are pursuing a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

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Now as we look at Cleveland's roster from afar, it's not that encouraging in terms of competing for a championship.

If James stays and takes the supermax, he'll match Russell Westbrook's deal with the Thunder and have one of the top salaries in the National Basketball Association next season. Cleveland has deep salary-cap issues - partially caused by James' failure to commit long-term - and the Cavs now lack enough talent to unseat the champion Golden State Warriors.

Their cap situation makes it impossible for the Rockets to sign LeBron, re-sign Paul and Clint Capela to max deals, and bring back Trevor Ariza.

No matter the final outcome, the LeBron sweepstakes will have consequences felt throughout the league.

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