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Where Will LeBron Land in the Offseason?

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With LeBron James being a free agent come the offseason, where he will end up is one of the biggest topics NBA fans are talking about.

LeBron has shown signs that he may want to leave Cleveland. Since re-signing with the Cavaliers in 2014, “King James” has brought his home team to the finals every season and won Cleveland their first championship in 2016. Also, he is only getting better despite his age. Therefore, wherever he lands will change the NBA drastically.

LeBron still wants to win more rings in hopes of matching or surpassing Michael Jordan’s ring count of six, so we can assume that he isn’t leaving Cleveland for any team that won’t give him a good shot at more titles. This may be the perfect time to leave because in my opinion, LeBron is surrounded by the worst roster since before he left for Miami, which is one reason why he may want to seek a different team. There are also small things — he has started to have problems with the team, such as Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert’s pro-Trump views. The list goes on.

One of the handful of teams that people predict LeBron will go to is the Houston Rockets, a team I believe is closest to dethroning the Warriors. They have had a great season with James Harden and Chris Paul, and have had the best record to end the regular season.

The Rockets want to hold on to James Harden, meaning that there would have to be a lot of adjustments to make King James fit into the team. The Rockets can’t afford to have him, Harden, and Paul on the team. Therefore, the only way this could work is if Harden and Paul accept pay cuts — and even then it would still be complicated. But as Sam Amick wrote in USA Today, “If LeBron decides that Houston is where he wants to be, he will find his way there.”

LeBron has also said that he wants to play with Chris Paul before he retires, along with buddies Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. “I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” he said in an interview with Bleacher Report. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons — me, Melo, D-Wade, CP — we can get a year in.” He even said, “I would actually take a pay cut to do that.” Given that LeBron is willing to accept lower pay to play on a team with his friends, the possibility of his ending up in Houston is high.

Another possibility is the Philadelphia 76ers. The young Sixers have had an unexpectedly great season and were able to get third seed in the East. Again, LeBron probably wants to go to a team that will give him a good chance of winning another title. Philadelphia’s “process” has finally paid off, in my eyes. It would be much simpler to fit LeBron onto the Sixers rather than the Rockets because the Sixers have enough trade assets and cap space to easily get him and even possibly another star. They are performing well in the playoffs already, with all this potential and free cap space.

LeBron has hinted his interest with the Sixers many times. During All-Star Weekend, LeBron seemed to praise Joel Embiid, saying he “has a bright future.” He also praised Ben Simmons, the Sixers coach, and overall the whole team.

LeBron has also dropped lots of hints about moving to Los Angeles, to the Lakers. Unlike the other teams mentioned, the Lakers aren’t a playoff team at the moment, but I believe he can turn any squad into a playoff team, like he did with both Miami and Cleveland. He can even boost young stars Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball just by his presence on the team. He recently bought a house in L.A., too. NBA fans have even noticed him privately talking to Lonzo Ball during games against the Lakers.

I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to be a part of the Lakers squad right now. In the last offseason, he even went to a Lakers summer league game, which NBA players don’t usually attend, to watch the newly drafted Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Out of the 30 NBA teams, I would say he’s thrown the most hints that he wants to play for the Lakers, and it would be the most interesting to watch. Also, California is simply a great place to live, which gives the Lakers and Clippers the overall advantage.

Even if the Lakers can’t win a championship with Lebron on the team, he says he believes he has proven himself already. In an interview with Cleveland.com, he said, “What else do I have to prove? I’ve won championships, I’ve won for my team, I’ve won and came home and won. There is nothing else I have left to prove.”

The Lakers have had a great past, they’re a strong franchise, and they have the money and cap space to accommodate LeBron. LeBron has landed in teams in a bad situation and improved them enormously in the past, so we will see if he is up to helping the Lakers out.

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