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Chris Siers

The Extra Point

Chris Siers is sports editor of the Times-Gazette.

LeBron considers next stop

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The circus of NBA free agency is here, officially.

On Friday afternoon, LeBron James announced he would be opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For months, speculation arose whether or not James would try his run at a championship with another club, and for months, speculation has swirled about his potential landing spot.

There have been rumors that James will land in Philadelphia, Houston, Boston and with the L.A. Lakers—all of which have their own interesting points of landing for his next stint in the NBA.

In the 2017-2018 season, LeBron put together one of the most impressive runs to the NBA Finals—essentially carrying the team himself.

Even as great as his postseason run was, LeBron was still no match for the Golden State Warriors—who swept the Cavs in four games to claim their third title in four years.

So now, Stephen Curry has his third title—matching James’ own championship wins record.

Currently, LeBron sits 3-6 in the NBA Finals, while Curry owns a 3-1 record.

While LeBron certainly has the experience to get there, he just can’t seem to get over the hump and establish a dominant club in the way Golden State has.

Flash back to 2010, LeBron announced his “Decision” to leave Cleveland and pursue dreams of a championship with the first “super team” consisting of himself, Dwayne Wade and Kris Bosh.

The trio won only two titles, leaving LeBron searching for more.

He eventually returned to his roots in Cleveland for a second run with the Cavaliers.

The addition of Kyrie Irving seemed to be enough to get LeBron enough help as he finally won a title in the 2015-2016 season.

But after a string of runs to the NBA Finals over the past four seasons that left LeBron with only one title to his credit, he’s once again searching for more.

It’s highly improbable that LeBron would take his talents to Boston, but a fit with the Celtics would certainly match Golden State’s firepower with a little East Coast zing.

Another possible destination would be Philadelphia, also mirroring the Warriors’ image with another “Big Three”, consisting of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and LeBron.

However, the most likely destination for LeBron is with the L.A. Lakers. Rumors have swirled stating LeBron has enrolled his children in schools in Los Angeles.

He also purchased a house in L.A. last winter.

One of the rumors floating about in the vastness of the internet is LeBron would only head to the Lakers if a deal was made to pick up Kawhi Leonard.

LeBron tried matching the Warriors on his own, and he’s realized he just can’t do it without a little superstar power.

So wherever LeBron ends up, one thing is certain—he won’t be the only superstar to make a move to that franchise.

And if he can get a little superstar help, he might just finally be able to claim that fourth ring.

Maybe.