Los Angeles has cleared enough salary-cap space to make a run at James and perhaps another star player like Paul George, who has been speculated to be headed there since his days with the Indiana Pacers.
Just as free agency negotiations in the National Football League are done in behind the curtain meetings before they can become official, NBA general managers can feel out trades before the bell rings signifying the opening of the market. They would have been swept past year if not for hitting 24 of 45 3-point shots in Game 4 at The Q to win, 136-117.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports though, there is only a "slim chance" of James signing with either the Warriors or Celtics.
Cleveland, Golden State, the Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the LA Lakers and the Miami Heat will have conversations with James this summer.
Durant said he enjoys playing for Golden State.
"For me, I don't think it's a basketball thing", Wade said, as quoted on NESN.
Plus, why would the Rockets blow something up when they came one game away (possibly a Chris Paul injury) from beating the defending champions and representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. Behind Durant and Curry, the Warriors took a 21-point lead into the fourth quarter, and the Cavaliers waved the white towel with just more than four minutes left, taking James out of what might have been his final contest with Cleveland.More news: Kaala faces stiff protests, not released in Bengaluru
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There has not been any previous talk about this even being a possibility this offseason as Westbrook is now set to enter the first year of the five-year, $205 million deal that he inked with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But after the game, James said this, via Sheridan.
"Legally, he may be working for our organisation, but that's not really the case, " Gilbert said.
At least some are holding out hope that James re-ups with the Cavs.
Since moving to the Bay, Durant has won two titles in as many years and averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the Warriors' sweep of the Cavs.
It may go down as his crowning achievement, or something he wants to feel again. He will be looking for an all-star teammate or teammates to help him carry the load and ease the pressure that he had this season in Cleveland. And like previous years, his next decision could change the National Basketball Association landscape.
There's a tug-of-war going on between James' brain and heart. "I'm exhausted, I was at the watch party last night at Oracle but I had to come a get some t-shirts to remember the Dub Dynasty", said Warriors fan Akilah Byrd from Union City. And that's the reason why I came here - an unselfish environment where they just care about the game.