"The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family", James said when asked about his upcoming free agency following the Cleveland Cavaliers' season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Trail Blazers have a great guard duo in CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, but it needs another option to topple the likes of Golden State and Houston. "I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode".
Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a flawless musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.
The reference to the Warriors being an unselfish environment will immediately be taken as a shot to his time in OKC and playing alongside Russell Westbrook.
After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span. If he decides he wants to play another season, the Warriors would probably welcome him back on a minimum deal. The Cavaliers, by virtue of the Nets' 2018 first-round acquired in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, pick eighth. Did it also end Lebron James' second run with the Cavaliers?
Yes, it would require a shotgun wedding for Cleveland with a trade partner, in this case with Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers owner who launched a tampering investigation when the Heat lured James in 2010. It's unclear if they can move forward together.
Dwyane Wade knows LeBron James better than most.
At least some are holding out hope that James re-ups with the Cavs. 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. Together, the three of them could prevent the Warriors from winning a fourth title in five years next season.
If so, there's only one place where that can happen. He found it with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and he came back a different man, ready to build his legacy.
The biggest question mark is McGee, who was a factor in the NBA Finals after being anchored to the bench in the previous two playoff series.
There's a tug-of-war going on between James' brain and heart.
Portland Trail Blazers - Another team on the brink of postseason relevance, Portland really needs a physical presence who can take over games. "It ultimately will come down to me".