Summary of “LeBron James to the Houston Rockets this summer? Here’s how it could happen”

If LeBron James’ goal this offseason is to join the team that gives him the best chance of knocking off Golden State after back-to-back losses to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, his best hope may be joining the Houston Rockets – who took the Warriors the distance in this year’s conference finals.
Because Houston is already too close to the salary cap to sign James outright before even dealing with new contracts for free agents Chris Paul and Clint Capela, getting LeBron to Houston would almost certainly require a trade.
Why? Because even if the Rockets were to pull off a sign-and-trade deal for James as a maximum-salary free agent, doing so would hard-cap them at the luxury-tax apron, estimated at $128 million for next season.
Max salaries for James and Paul, plus James Harden, would swallow up more than $100 million of that total.
So unless James or Paul is willing to take a massive pay cut – unlikely given their leadership roles in the National Basketball Players Association – LeBron opting in is the way to go.
Six months after a trade, LeBron would be eligible to sign a max extension with the Rockets, meaning he can get to Houston and sign a long-term contract without having to wait until the summer of 2019.
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James would slide into Tucker’s role as starting power forward, and the Rockets would have their taxpayer midlevel exception to sign a backup shooting guard to replace Gordon.

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Summary of “Some Friendly Advice for LeBron James As He Prepares for His Next Decision”

It’s probably safe to say that Decision 1.0 didn’t get the rave reviews LeBron was looking for when people responded by burning his jersey in the streets.
The NBA would never let a player get an ownership stake while he’s still playing, but there’s nothing to prevent LeBron from making an implicit agreement with whatever franchise he signs with to join their ownership group once he retires.
Ask Bronny Where He’d Like to Play Danny Chau: Watching LeBron James Jr. highlights has become one of my favorite pastimes.
Where an NBA player establishes home base isn’t a pressing issue anymore, but as Bronny gears up for high school, I’d imagine that for LeBron Sr., proximity to his son would play a factor into the calculus of his offseason decision.
The 2023-24 season is the objective; LeBron has consistently stated that he’d love to play against his son at the NBA level.
George will likely be an unrestricted free agent, and he and LeBron can finally play together in a city that’s much more appealing than Cleveland.
Try to Get Cleveland to Draft Your Favorite Prospect T.C. Kane: In 2014, the Heat traded up to draft Shabazz Napier because LeBron tweeted about him during the NCAA tournament; LeBron left anyway, because of course the undersized 24th overall pick was never going to be a factor in his decision.
Cleveland might not bend to his will like Miami did, but it would be hilariously petty of LeBron to make it clear that the right rookie might keep him in the Land, and the wrong choice would doom the Cavs’ candidacy.

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Summary of “LeBron James can hit free agency again, and anything is possible”

James believes he’s got a blank check to do what he wants, and perhaps the only thing that’s clear about this free agency is that he’s not afraid to use it.
There remains little to no trust between James and owner Dan Gilbert, and a limited relationship with general manager Koby Altman, who is less than two years older than James.
Gilbert made an incoming draft pick the centerpiece of the Irving trade, establishing the point that he’d plan for a time after James and not be caught flat-footed the way he was in 2010 when James left.
Still, for James to go to another franchise at this point creates certain risks, and he’d probably have to be convinced the opportunity was worth any lingering fallout were he to depart Cleveland again.
Never becoming a free agent and instead getting traded would be beneficial to James because the no-trade clause in his contract would carry over to his new team, which would also inherit his full rights.
It’s possible that if James wanted it and the Cavs found a deal, the 76ers could trade for James and still retain the ability to sign their own free agents like JJ Redick and Amir Johnson, plus have exceptions available to add more talent.
The Lakers can create more than $70 million in space, it is well known, to sign James and another max-level free agent.
In his past two free agencies, James joined a team with another superstar in residence, and another star came with him.

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Summary of “Kobe Bryant, NBA Greats Get Lathered About LeBron’s Legacy”

LeBron James was fighting for his legacy last week, but all Kobe Bryant saw was the exhaustion in his effort.
Bleacher Report queried several former players on the topic, including four Finals MVPs, during the course of the series, as it became apparent the Cavs would lose.
He’s been to more Finals than any player in modern times.
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I’ve played against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played against Michael Jordan.
B/R: LeBron is the only player in history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.
I think he’s the greatest athlete that ever played; I think he’s the best all-around player that’s ever played.
You look at the greatest, and you talk about once-in-a-generation players, he’s definitely there.

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Summary of “Fifteen years ago, Reebok and Adidas wanted him badly”

There were two conditions: He had to sign with Reebok and give his word that he wouldn’t engage in conversations with Adidas or Nike.
Weeks later, and 15 years ago this week, on the day of the draft lottery, Nike and James agreed to the richest initial shoe contract in the history of sports.
About a month before sitting down with James, Reebok released Jay-Z’s first signature sneaker, the S. Carter.
Iverson, still in his prime, was the face of Reebok basketball, and the brand was anxiously planning for James, the soon-to-be rookie, to be the face of its future.
“Gloria did not. Gloria wanted to keep that check and walk out. But even with that being offered, we had to see what Adidas had to say, and then finally what Nike had to say.”
Bond even surmised that if presented comparable monetary offers, James would pick Adidas over Nike based upon the long-standing relationship they’d built.
Adidas was the first to be eliminated from contention, bringing James to the brink of a decision between Nike and Reebok.
Goodwin says now that Reebok came in far higher, and in the end, James took less money to join Nike.

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Summary of “LeBron James’ eighth straight NBA Finals berth deserves to be appreciated”

Some will say that Michael Jordan won six titles and Kobe Bryant won five, and LeBron James has three, and that’s that.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 87-79 Game 7 victory in Boston on Sunday night earned James a silver trophy and not a gold one.
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James had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 turnovers in Game 7.
What must be understood is it came when James was playing in his 100th consecutive game of the season.
Here’s the delivery situation: James has won six straight Game 7s over the past 10 years, two of them on the road. He has won seven of the past eight elimination games he’s been in, including three this postseason.
That’s what Jerry West said in 2011 when James called him after he lost his second Finals in his eighth season looking for a shoulder to cry on.
West told James he’d wanted to quit several times after losing the first eight Finals he played in.

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Summary of “LeBron James’ NBA story can’t be told without these 13 moments”

Thirteen times in his NBA career, LeBron James has reached the postseason, and when the story of his career is told, it’ll likely begin with the many memorable moments he has created during those 13 trips: eight NBA Finals appearances, three championships, three Finals MVP awards, a triple-double average in the Finals … the list goes on and on.
If you’re not familiar with these 13 moments, then you’re not getting the true full story of the career of LeBron James.
In a make-or-miss postseason, Cleveland’s shots finally went down, as LeBron James notched 12 assists and the Cavs went 17-of-34 from the 3-point line to claim their first win of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Hall of Famer, who connected with James through a Nike commercial shoot, visited the 19-year-old’s hotel room, shared stories about life in the NBA and offered up advice.
His streak ended in Oklahoma City, in a rematch of the previous season’s Finals, when James shot only 14-of-24 and scored 39 points in an incredible duel with Kevin Durant, who scored 40 points.
LeBron James greets a Special Olympics athlete who was honored at halftime of the Cavs-Celtics game.
James looked up at the video board to see the story of how Miller overcame his health hurdles to win MVP in a local basketball tournament associated with the Special Olympics.
LeBron James cries tears of joy after the Cavaliers’ NBA championship win and shouts, “Cleveland, this is for you!”.

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Summary of “LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers facing Boston Celtics and organizational fatigue NBA”

BOSTON – Tuesday was a fascinating day for the Boston Celtics franchise, an ode to the value of smart management, calculated risk-taking and stability.
Then in the nightcap at TD Garden, Boston and its youthful, team-centric and expectation-free roster punished an older, slower and definitely less-happy Cleveland Cavaliers team 107-94 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
When the Celtics players were frolicking to the basket in a second-half surge Tuesday, it wasn’t just the circumstances, the relentless crowd or Boston PA man Eddie Palladino’s flowing voice that were getting under their skin.
The Cavs aren’t just battling the ascendant Celtics, they are battling an enemy that has dogged LeBron James teams in the past: It’s organizational fatigue, and it’s very real.
Sign players to large contracts because they fit with James or because they can’t be replaced if they leave in free agency.
The Celtics play without burden and it’s overwhelming the Cavs so far.
There’s no doubt with James as the driving force, the Cavs play as if they have a certain mental edge over opponents.
No matter how this conference finals plays out, it doesn’t change the organizational fatigue the Cavs are fighting.

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Summary of “Is LeBron James or Michael Jordan the greatest NBA player of all time?”

While cases could be made for Bill Russell based on championship rings, Wilt Chamberlain on statistical dominance and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on longevity, the consensus was clear: Jordan was the greatest basketball player who had ever lived.
With James still established as the league’s best player at age 33 and adding playoff game winners to his résumé seemingly by the week, the question is worth asking: Jordan or LeBron?
James narrowed the gap during their 10th seasons – that’s when Jordan returned for the final 17 games of 1994-95 after his first retirement – before Jordan pulled away during the Bulls’ second three-peat.
Though James now has more career win shares than Jordan, Jordan rates as adding more championships in the regular season because his value was more concentrated in his best seasons.
While his advantage in games played owes slightly to the NBA expanding the first round of the postseason from best-of-five to best-of-seven after Jordan’s playoff career, James has already played in 43 playoff series to Jordan’s 37 – not including the upcoming Eastern Conference finals.
Though Jordan has a comfortable lead in Finals WARP per game played, James, by virtue of the two extra appearances, has accumulated more WARP in the Finals than Jordan or anyone else since the ABA-NBA merger.
When I adjust for league quality, James is no longer merely on the verge of catching Jordan as the greatest player in cumulative value.
Jordan might have been better at his best, but James has already put together the best NBA career we’ve ever seen.

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Summary of “LeBron James plays and rests to keep Cleveland Cavaliers hopes alive”

CLEVELAND – It has been hard to fathom how LeBron James can be playing more games than ever, more minutes than ever, and yet in some ways be more dominant than ever.
The answer might be simple: James has perfected the art of resting while playing.
Just when the Toronto Raptors thought they could force overtime in Game 3, LeBron James happened.
“It’s just about growing, maturing and understanding that you play smarter,” James said.
That’s correct: James moved slower than just about any rotation player in the league.
It’s a data-backed way of saying James calculates when he can take plays off.
Efficiency is often how James judges how well he has played at the end of a night.
Such as in the final moments of Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors: James had played more than any player and was the fastest of any player as he raced to set up his game-winning hoop.

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