Rockets ‘not a realistic’ option for James

ESPN's Cavs reporter on the mood in the locker room after two losses

ESPN's Cavs reporter on the mood in the locker room after two losses

LeBron James hits free agency this summer, prompting one of the biggest decisions that will keep the sports world wondering. Making matters even worse is the way in which the Cavs lost Game 4 in what is considered by some as one of the least competitive title-deciding contests in NBA Finals history. There's not a young team like that in the West. Most of those teams can give James a strong pitch by revealing their plan to dethrone the Warriors.

The Philadelphia 76ers center made quite clear Friday night that he thinks LeBron James should leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join him in Philly, and he left no doubt as to his thinking when out and about Friday. "And, you know, that time will arise and when it does, I think I'll have a better, clear, concise answer for a lot of people that are going to ask".

He managed that in 2016 when Cleveland came back from 3-1 down against the Warriors to win. He scored 51 points, his career playoff high, while shooting almost 60 percent to go with eight rebounds and eight assists in Game 1. Obviously, you go to Boston and you become the face of the franchise.

"I felt like in order to win you've got to have talent, but you've got to be very cerebral, too", James said.

"I think they're scared", Yahoo's Chris Mannix said on his podcast with Chams Sharania and Michael Lee. They could round out their starting lineup with some combination of George Hill, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr., Morris, and the no. 8 overall pick. Do we have to make more shots?

Joining up with James Harden and Chris Paul in a Rockets uniform would certainly allow James a better opportunity to dethrone the reigning champs from Oakland. Reports have said that Smart believes himself to be worth more than $12 million per year, but he has also stated that he wants to make it work in Boston because he loves the team and city.

Meanwhile, the Ringer is fanning the LeBron-to-Boston flames with a story that touts the Celtics as the best short and long term option for James. "You just can't have mistakes".

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