Will LeBron James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and break fans’ hearts once again? Not this year at least, James said he would be unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for this upcoming season.

Although substantial amounts of speculation have been put on James and where he’ll end up playing after the 2017-2018 season, I believe James will stay in Cleveland after next year and possibly for the rest of his career.

Why would James go out to the star-studded West when he has a cake walk to the NBA Finals every year in the East? According to landofbasektball.com the West has always been more dominant than the East – the Western Conference has won 25 titles and the East has won just 22.

Popular speculation has James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Summer of 2018, or even the Los Angeles Clippers. I don’t see it happening, and if it does happen I believe James will be more likely to join the Clippers than the Lakers.

I believe this to be true because James doesn’t want the pressure that comes with playing for the NBA’s glamour franchise. James also would not want to play in Kobe Bryant’s shadow. The Clippers have never won an NBA Finals so the pressure playing for them is less than that with the Lakers who have won 16 titles.

The only way I see James joining the Lakers is if Paul George and another superstar tell James prior to the start of free agency, that they will join the Lakers once he does. James will not go out West with just George and young players with upside like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, ‘King James’ simply doesn’t have time for that with the Warriors dominating like they are.

Like I said, I expect James to stay in Cleveland in the Summer of 2018, and I expect Kyrie Irving to be a Cavalier this upcoming year. I’m not buying that Irving is tired of being the second option to James. What I believe to be true is that Irving wanted to show the Cavs and owner Dan Gilbert that they better cater to his needs as well as James’.

Even if Irving truly wants out, the Cavs will not fold under pressure and make a bone-headed trade, they’ll keep him and tell him it’s a business.

I think James and Irving work it out and stroll through the East like they do routinely for the past few seasons. In my eyes. Irving likes winning too much. If he leaves Cleveland and James, he says goodbye to playing in the NBA Finals.

But, the Cavs may look different next year. One possibility is that the Cavs add Carmelo Anthony by trading away Kevin Love. Love disappeared in last year’s NBA Finals, Anthony is a terrific scorer who can get the Cavs late game buckets.

A ‘big three’ of James, Irving, and Anthony will be more of a threat to Golden State than if Love was on the team.

James’ career stats are 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game on 50-percent shooting. Irving scores 25.2 points per game while Anthony scores 22.4. Anthony’s 22 points per game is quite an upgrade from Love’s 19, it must be said.

If I am correct, all will be okay in Cleveland. James will stay for the rest of his career, Irving will at least stay for this upcoming year, and Anthony will be in a Cavs jersey this year, too.

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