The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a very dire state at the moment.
Currently sitting two games down in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics, their run of three straight Finals appearances and counting is in major jeopardy with the series heading back to Cleveland.
Along with the obvious disappointment of losing in the Eastern Conference Finals if the Cavs were to lose two more games to the Celtics, an early -- by their standards at least -- exit from the playoffs may spell the end of LeBron James' second stint in Cleveland.
Speculation over where LeBronLeBron may be playing as of next season has rapidly heated up these playoffs, especially when the Pacers took the Cavs to seven games, and many are predicting James is as good as gone this offseason, especially if they fall to the Celtics this series.
Los Angeles has been a destination leading the LeBron free agency rumors all year, with the Lakers owning a bunch of cap space, and a young, promising core on the cusp of playoff appearances in the West. But according to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report, even though the Lakers made it a goal to have enough cap space to sign two max free agents this offseason, that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to be pursuing LeBron James straight out of the gate.
“He’s not going to the Lakers, because they know they can get Kawhi [Leonard] next summer,” the agent said. “If I’m the Sixers, I have to think about what it means to bring in LeBron and take the ball out of Ben Simmons’ hands. Simmons is useless when he’s not controlling the ball. Is LeBron going to give up the ball?”
The future of Kawhi Leonard has also been speculated about constantly this season, and with his contract with the Spurs ending in 2019, and LA being where Leonard grew up, perhaps the Lakers are keeping their cap options open to have a chance to sign Kawhi next offseason.