The Los Angeles Lakers will have approximately $68 million to spend this off-season. Technically, that’s enough to sign free agents LeBron James and Kevin Durant to maximum contracts, as per latest Lakers Rumors.
Obviously, the likelihood of that happening are a little to none. For starters, James and Durant aren’t close enough to want to form a super team, unlike in 2010 when James joined hands with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami Heat. Also, James is likely to stay put in Cleveland.
Both superstars are on different paths. While Durant is still seeking his first championship, James is trying to bring Cleveland to its first major sports championship in over 50 years. It makes sense for Durant to replace Kobe Bryant as the new face the Lakers. But why would James leave Cleveland?
Three teams capable of it…
Technically, only three teams, the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks, will have enough cap space to pull off the greatest free agency heist in history. According to Lake Show Life, it would be wise for these teams to sell LeBron and Durant on the idea of a super team. “If both LeBron and Durant decide to opt out of their current contracts, you can be sure that almost every team in the league will be selling them on these exact same points,” writes Eric Yee.
Lake Show Life, a subsidiary of Sports Illustrated, looks further into the dream scenario. “Despite playing the same position, the duo (Durant and LeBron) have proven their ability to play together on multiple occasions with Team USA. Further, if each is as serious about winning rings as they say, wouldn’t pairing the two of the top three consensus best players in the NBA be a huge step at accomplishing just that?”
Last week, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith dropped a bombshell that LeBron James could leave Cleveland again if the Cavaliers organization took him for granted. A few days later, a fresh report revealed that Durant would leave Oklahoma City Thunder unless the team reaches the NBA finals in June.
The most likely scenario? LeBron stays back in Cleveland and Durant signs a one-year extension with Thunder. But if history has taught us anything, it’s wise not to conclude anything.
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