LeBron James Team for 2018-19 Regular Season
Los Angeles Lakers +200
Philadelphia 76ers +350
Miami Heat +500
New York Knicks +750
Houston Rockets +1000
San Antonio Spurs +2000
Cleveland Cavaliers +3000
Golden State Warriors +5000
Boston Celtics +5000
Chicago Bulls +7500
Oklahoma City Thunder +7500
Washington Wizards +10000
Field (Any Other Team) +1000
The top three contenders to land LeBron are the Lakers, 76ers and Heat. James has until June 29 to opt out of the final year of his contract with Cleveland and it is expected he will do just that and become a free agent. The three teams that have the realistic salary cap space to sign LeBron are Cleveland, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. If you throw out the Cavaliers, which it may be too early to do, the two choices for LeBron are the Lakers and 76ers. If you pay attention to rumors you may have heard that there is a rumor on Reddit that James has already enrolled his two sons in the Brentwood school district in Los Angeles for next year.
James said to the media after the Cavaliers were swept by the Warriors that his family will play a huge role in where he goes. “The one thing that I’ve always done is considered, obviously, my family,” James said, “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I’ve got a teenage boy, a preteen and a little girl that wasn’t around as well.”
When it comes to analyzing anything regarding LeBron, the best person to follow is ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst who said that anything is possible. Windhorst also said that family is a huge factor in the decision that LeBron will make. Windhorst said that he didn’t really think LeBron would head back to Cleveland and oddsmakers agree, as the Cavs are listed at odds of +3000.
We noted earlier that only three teams have the cap space to sign LeBron, but Cleveland could pull off a sign-and-trade deal which would make it possible for a number of teams to land LeBron. It would be complicated, but not impossible, as the Clippers did it last year when they traded Chris Paul to Houston. Don’t forget about Houston this time around, as their general manager Daryl Morey has found a way to make unlikely things happen in the past.
Windhorst said that the most plausible option is for LeBron to become an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers have a ton of cap space and they can sign LeBron and other free agents like Paul George. Philadelphia has a talented roster and a lot of cap space, but whether LeBron thinks he fits well with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons is the question.
Not to be left out is Miami, as president Pat Riley is capable of bringing James back to the Heat. Riley has wanted James back in the past, but couldn’t pull off a deal. Maybe he can do it this time.
Kevin Durant is staying put for now. So are Paul George and Chris Paul.
The Lakers made the roster move Saturday as the start of free agency neared.
Bryant was a second-round pick in last year’s draft. The Indiana University product excelled for the Lakers’ G League affiliate but averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 appearances for Los Angeles.
Bryant’s $1.38 million contract for next season would have become fully guaranteed next week.
The Lakers have spent the past year clearing salary cap room for their pursuit of elite free agents including LeBron James. Los Angeles currently has just six players under contract for next season for a total of roughly $36.1 million, along with a $5.5 million qualifying offer out to Julius Randle.