With the offseason just over a month away, the constant chatter around star forward LeBron James future with the Cleveland Cavaliers has continued to grow louder. There is still a strong level of uncertainty surrounding what will transpire over the summer with a pending free-agency decision ahead.
This has begun to spin the amount of speculation about where James will choose to play next season. According to Bovada, the Cavaliers are still the betting favorites to retain the four-time league MVP while the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Philadelphia 76ers all hold equal odds to acquire him:
At this moment, it is still quite early in the process as James has likely given no serious thought about where he wants to play next season given that the Cavaliers are still in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth straight year. This success may have pushed Cleveland up top to the best odds due to their chance to secure second NBA title in the fourth season that he has been back with the franchise.
Meanwhile, the Rockets have continued to build a compelling case with their trip to the Western Conference Finals to face the defending champion Golden State Warriors. It is an appealing situation with the chance to play alongside his close friend Chris Paul and likely league MVP James Harden in Houston while competing for an NBA title.
The 76ers have also shown much potential after garnering the third-best record in the Eastern Conference with 52 wins along with a trip to the second round of the playoffs. They also have two intriguing young players in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid leading the way.
All of this doesn’t overshadow what the Lakers present behind their promising young core group along with the possible ability to ink two top-tier free agents to max contracts this upcoming offseason. Each of these teams could present an interesting case for James to ink a deal with them this upcoming offseason, which could become an entertaining free agency situation centered on James.