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Let’s face the facts. If LeBron “King” James doesn’t decide to uphold his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers by Friday, the human Amtrak locomotive will become an NBA free agent. James’ deal to stay with the Cavs next season is worth 35.6 million dollars. Goodness, gracious. I could only imagine. Could I have the remaining 600,000 dollars to make it an even 35 million? Please, LeBron!

Sources close to James, including agent Rich Paul, have made it abundantly clear that LBJ doesn’t want elaborate pitches from teams around the Orange Roundball League. Thus, he wants to have a hassle-free route of making his decision based on team fit and salary cap space with zero interruptions. It isn’t the “The Decision” this time around. James has learned from past mistakes and has openly acknowledged that the Pomp and Circumstance back in 2010 was utterly unnecessary. Of course, LeBron left Cleveland that year to as he said, “join forces with the Miami Heat.”

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His stint in South Beach rendered LBJ two NBA titles alongside the likes of greats Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Ray “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen joined the party as well, helping Miami win a championship in 2013.

Yes, the delightfully bouncy orange that LeBron loves unconditionally is literally in his court. As the days have passed, it’s beginning to look as if James has two suitors — his hometown Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. The City of Angels will be looking to add Kawhi “Enormous Paws” Leonard and Paul “PG-13” George to the mix of beats that’ll make the Lakers a legitimate contender once again.

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As my wild card, let’s not count out the Houston Rockets’ courting of LeBron just yet. With James “The Bearded Wonder” Harden and Chris Paul already planning their return to the floor in H-Town, the addition of LBJ would certainly give the Rockets a chance to blast off into space with potential for multiple championships. However, this is the problem that seems glaring to me. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni runs an isolation style of offense that will drastically reduce the number of times James touches the basketball. Harden and CP3 will need their touches and shot attempts, so where does that leave the best all-around player on the planet? My guess would be frustrated and isolated. Not an ideal scenario. It could happen in Houston, but you see my point.

Who knows where LeBron will land. If my ten cents mean anything at all, James will stay in Cleveland. I just couldn’t stomach seeing more No. 23 jerseys being torched in the streets where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame resides. Okay, maybe Cavs’ fans wouldn’t retaliate with fire. But if they do, only nearby Lake Erie may be able to put the flames out.

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5 thoughts on “King James’ Court: Decision 2018

  1. Randy, your article was very interesting.
    I was wondering where he might go next
    season. He would definitely make a
    difference for any team who wants to
    win.

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