LeBron James returned to Cleveland to bring Northeast Ohio a championship. He did just that last season. So where, if anywhere, does he go from here?
If you believe the NBA free agency rumors, LeBron could be headed to Los Angeles, specifically the Lakers.
James is much bigger than just basketball at this point in his career with countless off-court endeavors. This has led multiple folks to surmise James may leave the Cavs for a second time in favor of Los Angeles, where he owns a home 30 minutes away from Staples Center. James can become a free agent after the 2017-18 season.
“Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there is an expectation he’s re-signing there,” Yahoo NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said on his podcast Wednesday. “I think within Cleveland and around the league they feel that he is very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two LA teams. The Lakers could very well be a target.”
Wojnarowski, arguably the most connected NBA reporter in the business, said James got the monkey off his back when he brought a championship to Cleveland in 2016, freeing himself to focus more on other facets of his life.
“I think the focus, a lot of LeBron’s business interests, his Hollywood aspirations, his media ventures are based (in L.A.),” he said. “And I wrote this last year and said it and believed it — the minute he won that championship in Cleveland, he was liberated to leave again.”
How many No. 23 jerseys will go up in flames if King James leaves Cleveland a second time?