Where James will ultimately end up remains to be seen, but sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark have been cautious with their 2019 National Basketball Association championship odds in anticipation that he could sign with one of a few different teams.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports though, there is only a "slim chance" of James signing with either the Warriors or Celtics.
The Lakers are +1600 to win the 2019 National Basketball Association championship, the fifth choice on the board behind the Warriors, Houston Rockets (+400), Philadelphia 76ers (+450) and Boston Celtics (+600) and ahead of the Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs (both +2500).
"I had emotions on how the game was taken away from us; I had emotions of (how) you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1", James said. Being beaten out of Cleveland wouldn't sit well with James again and he's proven already he can topple Golden State, he just needs some more help and the Cavs have the assets to achieve that. "The one thing I've always done is considered my family - especially where my boys are at this point in their age". There were rumors they tried to trade Leonard at the draft previous year, could they try again? In Utah, James could stop the Warriors before they even reached the NBA Finals, getting payback with a young squad hungry for success. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. George has a player option for the 2018-19 season in the five-year deal he signed with the Pacers in 2014, but everyone expects him to opt out. He said that James is not using the injury as an excuse but chose to keep it quiet to prevent the Warriors from knowing about it.
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That proved to be the final piece of goal-mouth action in the half as England ended their World Cup preparations on a high. But I know the fanbase is there and I am really looking forward to playing here.
"Legally, he may be working for our organisation, but that's not really the case, " Gilbert said.
The comment was a concession of sorts from Gilbert, who understands what James means to his franchise and what he represents to Northeast Ohio - hope.
Since moving to the Bay, Durant has won two titles in as many years and averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the Warriors' sweep of the Cavs. The summer of 2016 was unforgettable, with a downtown parade that James has said overwhelmed him with emotion. He found it with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and he came back a different man, ready to build his legacy.
So the obvious question going into the offseason is what can anyone do to unseat them in the coming years? "And that's the reason why I came here".