The Miami Heat could go to the NBA Finals on Saturday, while the Denver Nuggets have already guaranteed their spot in the championship round. However, LeBron James rumors have also been going around the sports world.
The GOAT candidate’s future is once again a hot issue in basketball circles amid speculations that James is unsure if he’ll be back with the Los Angeles Lakers next season (and may even be pondering retirement) — not to mention the nonzero likelihood he’ll need foot surgery this summer.
So it seems sense that there are whispers circulating regarding a possible relocation to the Bay Area and the Golden State Warriors. But one Lakers insider claims that there is some truth to the LeBron-to-GSW rumors.
The Athletic’s Jovan Buha discussed a potential relationship during an appearance on KNBR radio on Friday. “I think it’s definitely possible,” he said. “I would definitely put them, if you were looking at realistic alternatives to him playing for the Lakers, I think the Warriors have to be in the top two or three,” said Buha.
Buha Believes That LeBron James’ Eye Could Wander
It’s difficult to argue that the Lakers didn’t overachieve this season from an objective standpoint. But even the most upbeat supporter’s feelings were dampened by the manner in which they were defeated by the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. Buha thinks that LeBron might have experienced a similar reaction to the massive sweep.
The seasoned author also pointed out that James’ teams hitting the wall in such a way has in the past acted as a catalyst for change.
LeBron James’ career may be studied to see when he experiences defeats of this nature. In 2010, they lose to Boston in the second round; he moves to Cleveland that summer; in 2014, they lose to San Antonio in five games; he returns from Miami to Cleveland; and in 2018, they are swept by Golden State in the Finals; he then moves to Los Angeles, according to Buha.
“I think you’ve kind of seen it every few years, and now that he’s been in LA for five years, he’s kind of breaking that exception, but I think he’s kind of taking this loss hard,” the author said. He essentially scored 40 points in three different categories in Game 4, but it still wasn’t enough to win the game or the series.
During the regular season, James averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and shot a perfect 50.0% from the field for Los Angeles.