LeBron James just wrapped up an historic finals performance. He became the first player ever to average a triple-double in the Finals, but wounded up losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games. The Warriors very well could be the greatest team in NBA history, their offense and defense is unstoppable and they are not close to leaving their prime. LeBron is 32 and most 32-year-olds are past their hay day, so he probably only has a couple more dominant years left in him.
His current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers may have reached the talent level they can get. They don’t have enough cap space to go get a star player in free agency, meaning they would have to give up talent to get talent. They can’t give up any talent if they want to beat their Oakland rivals.
Adrian Wojnarowki stated in his podcast that he believes LeBron could leave Cleveland again and go to one of the Los Angeles teams:
I think within Cleveland and around the league, they feel that he’s very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two L.A. teams. The Lakers could very well be a target. Via (Art19)
Let’s start with the Los Angeles Lakers. They are about to pick second in this year’s 2017 NBA Draft and after that they should be done with tanking. They have a nice young core, and it will take some time to develop them. In 2018 when LeBron is a free agent they will not be contenders to win an NBA Championship, so that will likely scare James away due to the fact that he is on the regressing side of his career and probably left his Cavaliers in the first place to win a championship. Now, the Lakers are one of the biggest names in sports, and if they can get LeBron it will bolster their publicity even more and will attract free agents. There has been a lot of speculation of Paul George joining the Lakers, so if George comes that would make sense for LeBron to follow.
Now the most reasonable option, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are the forgotten child of L.A. They came to the city after the Lakers and have 16 less NBA Championships than their older brother (Lakers), in short, they haven’t won one. Let’s be nice and say that right now the Clippers are the better team, so LeBron should most likely consider them over the Lakers. LeBron teamed up with his best friend Dwyane Wade in Miami, so he could team up with other best friend, Chris Paul in Los Angeles. Paul is a free agent this summer and the Clippers are likely going to try and re-sign him and their other star player, Blake Griffin. If they can keep the core of Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, I would say they have a good chance of adding LeBron James in the summer of 2018.