Following the Cleveland Cavaliers getting ousted in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors via a sweep, it has pushed LeBron James‘ pending free agency situation to the forefront.
There has been plenty of talk surrounding the possible scenario of James making the leap to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency over the last several months that has only persisted with the 2018-19 season now completed. A wrinkle to the upcoming free agency could unfold with Marc Stein of the New York Times reporting that the four-time league MVP could make a ploy to have both All-Star point guard Chris Paul join him in Los Angeles.
If Paul stays with the Rockets, Houston becomes a dangerous player, no matter how complicated it would be for the 65-win Rockets and their general manager, Daryl Morey, to orchestrate the requisite salary-cap gymnastics to bring James in. But don’t discount the idea that James could try to bring Paul with him to a team that can afford two superstars, such as the Lakers, because he and Paul really are that close.
Paul is set to the free agent market for the first time in his career where he’s expected to be a highly-sought out player as one of the premier talents available. It’s no secret that both he and James have a uniquely strong bond that extends well off the court that could tie their NBA futures together for the first time. This could be a rare opportunity for both finally have the chance to pair up with each other.
The Lakers could be a feasible option given that they potentially have the space to sign two players to max contracts, which could put them in line to sign players such as James and Paul to lucrative deals. Although Los Angeles is more than comfortable to build around their young core group, the chance to add to two top-tier talents is a route that the front office would go.
Ultimately, this is one of the many potential scenarios that could arise over free agency next month with what could be a wildly entertaining offseason.
Bob Garcia IV
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