Rumor Report: Is LeBron Leaving the Cavs for an L.A. Team?

LeBron James

Rumor Report: Is LeBron Leaving the Cavs for an L.A. Team?

The Clippers or Lakers?

Published June 8, 2017

With the Cleveland Cavaliers down 3-0 and on the brink of being swept by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, there are already rumored reports about LeBron James leaving The Land again — but this time for an L.A. team.

On Thursday, The Ringer reported that the Los Angeles Clippers or the Los Angeles Lakers could be a landing destination for King James when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.

The report added to what Jalen Rose said on ESPN's First Take earlier this week, when he declared, "I do think [James] ends up playing for a team in California. Not the Clippers, not the [SacramentoKings. And clearly, probably not the Warriors."

The only Cali team left? The Lakers.

"I'm not saying it's going to happen this summer because the Lakers aren't a team that's ready to win a championship yet," Rose continued. "LeBron is only playing for championships, right? But in the future, do not be surprised if LeBron James ... he didn't sign a lifetime contract."

Rose is right, considering James signed a three-year, $100 million extension with the Cavs last August with an option for the third year, giving him the exit plan he would need to leave next summer. 

Adding to The Ringer's and Rose's respective reports is the fact that James's L.A. home is roughly 30 minutes from the Staples Center, where the Clippers and Lakers play. 

The Clippers would make sense for King James, as he would be able to play alongside friend Chris Paul and possibly lure their brotherhood of ballers, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, to join them.

The Lakers have stockpiled on lottery players over the past couple of years and may wind up choosing Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft on June 22. Add that to rumored reports of Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George interested in playing for them and fans should be able to see why the storied franchise would be an intriguing possibility for LeBron.

Of course, King James left Cleveland to join the Miami Heat in 2010, before returning to The Land in 2014 and leading the Cavs to their first NBA title last June.

Just imagine how Cleveland would respond if James does leave the city for a second time to join one of the L.A. squads.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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