The expectation is that James will do exactly that and test the open market by declining his $35.6 million player option for next season. "It's like the next Avengers movie".
LeBron James is hitting free agency this offseason, he's just suffered a demorsalizing loss at the hands of a superteam in the playoffs, and the Cavaliers current roster has no business competing this deep into the postseason if it wasn't for LeBron. Most of those teams can give James a strong pitch by revealing their plan to dethrone the Warriors. "That's just what it's coming down to". This is a star driven league, and a core of Paul, Harden and James is all of the star power that any team could need. Barring significant injury, such a decision is unlikely, as Irving stands to earn considerably more money as an unrestricted free agent. With the dynamic that Houston has, you can argue that they could have taken Golden State down this year.
"I have had four different sources in the entertainment industry, none of them been basketball people", Zayas said.
Smith has revealed seven teams that could host James next season - but where will James end up? Obviously, you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise.
"In order to win, you've got to have talent, but you've got to be very cerebral too", James said.
That is not a great situation to be in and if the Lakers want to build a reputable contender, they are going to have to add bench pieces that can contribute at a decent level.
But despite his best efforts, James' team are all-but finished in the series, with the Golden State Warriors racing to a 3-0 series lead. "That's always gonna be the talk because somebody has to try and dethrone these guys and work their way to that".