A season that was full of on-court and off-court drama compounded by struggles against some of the NBA's top-tier teams have steadily increased the noise of a possible departure of LeBron James from Cleveland for the second time in his storied career.
Though nothing concrete is set in stone, with the Cavaliers and the rest of the league jockeying for better playoff positions, four teams have emerged to be possible destinations for "The King" next season. According to a report from The Ringer, the four-time NBA MVP has narrowed down his choices to four teams: The Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Interestingly, the Lakers and the Sixers, at least their avid fans, have expressed their excitement at the prospects of having James donning their respective jerseys. Both camps have put up billboards enticing James to join their respective teams in the upcoming offseason where James becomes a free agent.
Bleacher Report noted, however, that in picking any of the four teams, there are some interesting factors James should first consider. Staying with the Cavs means James would need to sort out his issues with the front office, especially with the way the latter handled the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas deal that did not sit well with James, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst.
On the other hand, moving to the Lakers would mean repairing his strained relationship with Thomas, who was traded to the purple and gold in the blockbuster deal. Meanwhile, joining the Sixers would mean James would need to lead a team of youngsters who are slowly getting their groove together but will likely contend for a title after a few more years.
The Rockets, James' rumored fourth option, proves to be the most promising as far as immediate gains are concerned. The 33-year-old superstar will become teammates with all-star point guard Chris Paul and perennial MVP candidate James Harden.
With the postseason fast-approaching, it will only be a matter of months before James decides on his future in the NBA.