Throughout the course of this season, there has remained the constant chatter surrounding LeBron James‘ future with the Cleveland Cavaliers beyond this season. Much of this has centered on his upcoming contract situation where he could elect to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
This has seen the Los Angeles Lakers being considered as one of the top possibly destinations if James were to hit free agency over summer 2018. However, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers are at this point still looked upon as being a “long shot” to land the four-time league MVP.
League sources believe it’s “still a long shot” James chooses the Lakers this summer, but that’s mostly because he’s determined to stay focused on winning a title with the Cavaliers this season.
Although the Lakers are currently viewed as having low chances of landing James, this notion must first be fully understood that there is still a sizeable chunk of the season left. The Cavaliers are still looking to lock up a high playoff seed while making a strong push to a fourth straight NBA Finals. Cleveland has had its fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, but the team has continued on the trajectory of contending for another deep postseason run.
This alone has consumed much if not all James’ focus at this point in time with his offseason plans being put pushed back in the amount of importance. In fact, the 33-year-old likely won’t take any serious thought concerning his free agency plans once the 2017-18 season is over.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have continued to show much promise with their young core group displaying much reason for optimism. The team has found a bit of their stride since the All-Star break winning six out of their first eight games pushing them to 29 total wins, which is already three higher than last year with just over a month left in the regular season.
Ultimately, there won’t be any true clarity to this situation until the offseason and James has to make a decision regarding his future. Until then, any talk about his future beyond this campaign should be taken with a grain of salt.
Bob Garcia IV
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