The NBA is waiting on LeBron James’ big decision this summer, and while free agency doesn’t officially begin until July 1st, the superstar is heard to be already hard at work recruiting other teammates.
Mark Heisler from the Southern California News Group says that James is already talking with some prospective teammates around the league. Heisler notes an Eastern Conference team’s general manager said, “LeBron is doing what we do, calling players on other teams he wants to play with.”
This isn’t something we haven’t seen before — The King is beginning to form his own superteam. The veteran has the leverage and desire to build the team he wants, as he did when he and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami back in the summer of 2010.
Heisler says there are three stars James would be interested in, which are Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Chris Paul. However, the Spurs would not be interested in trading the injured Leonard to a Western Conference rival, no matter how much he is trying to force himself out of San Antonio. They will look to send him off to the Eastern Conference to possible free agent destinations such as Boston and or Philadelphia.
The most likely situation would be LeBron joining the Lakers with their massive cap space, and also bringing Paul George along with him. The Lakers could even make a deal to recruit star point guard Chris Paul, but a deal would consist of trading away several of the Lakers young stars such as Lonzo Ball.
LeBron could end up elsewhere, however. Leaving Cleveland is very likely at this point, not providing much reason for James to actually consider staying. The Cavs do have several assets that they could trade away in an effort to convince LeBron to stay, such as trading a combination of Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, and Rodney Hood for Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. Regardless, the 33-year-old legend is on a mission for his 4th ring, and looking for the best possible chance at defeating the rival Golden State Warriors.