Ever since LeBron James uttered the words “I'm going to take my talents to South Beach” and left Cleveland for Miami he’s shown that he has no real allegiance to any team. He played four years in Miami before returning back to Cleveland for four years.
Now at the end of the 2017-2018 NBA season LeBron James is set to once again make a big announcement as a free agent and the betting window is now open to pick where LeBron will land. That's right you can actually bet on where Lebron James will sign, and if you can bet on it we are going to break it down for you.
Check out our list below of teams that LeBron James could be playing for in 2019.
Favorites To Sign Lebron James In 2019
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron to LA has been talked about forever. He has a home there, he likes the Hollywood lifestyle and for marketing purposes he could maybe even make more money than he does now. The Lakers have cleared some money for him and have some young pieces waiting for him too. The big question is - does LeBron want to play with Lonzo Ball and deal with his dad? Guess we’ll find out. If the rumor of Paul George going to the Lakers does happen, that would sweeten the deal for LeBron.
The NBA trade deadline trades made the Cavs a different team and they have a high #1 draft pick still to come in June. He could just stay in Cleveland but my money has him going away from there for sure. If he was intent on staying, he would probably be more helpful by telling them so that they could actually plan for building a better team for him next year. The fact that he stayed quiet speaks volumes and means he’s out!
There is a lot of talent in Houston and LeBron could go there and not have to shoulder the whole team to win. The Rockets would have to do a sign and trade or else gut their team to make this work. LeBron to Houston would make them an instant favorite to win the NBA title in 2019 but this may be a challenge to happen.
San Antonio Spurs
James loves Pop and we all know that the Spurs are a great team for giving players days off to rest. The Spurs would have to clean house of some older players to make this work which would only leave Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge along with a handful of nobodies to play with. Not sure that LeBron would love the San Antonio nightlife so to me this one is a bit of a stretch.
New York Knicks
The Knicks were a strong possibility before and this option seems to have slip down in the odds column. Although the have a young stud in Kristaps Porzingis and the man who brings an NBA title to New York would be immortalized forever, the circus that is the Knicks team may be a bit too much to deal with.
Golden State Warriors
Could you imagine a team of Seth Curry, Kevin Durant and LeBron James? Hell they could play teams 3 on 5 and win a bunch. It is an exciting and devastating thought and a few players like Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would probably have to head out of town. I kind of think that Curry and Durant like having LeBron on another team to challenge them, if James was to come to Golden State there would be no one that could beat them and they’d just be bored!
Will he head back to South Beach? Not likely! Dwayne Wade is back there but he is basically on the downside of his career and there is no one else in Miami to play with. If LeBron wants more championships, it’s not gonna happen in Miami.
LeBron to Philly has started to pick up steam and with a team that has so much young talent, he could make the 76ers an instant contender and a multiple championship winner if the current young guys continue to get better. Could be a dark horse pick for bettors!
The Timberwolves have built a solid team but having the Warriors and the Rockets in the conference is a really tough mountain to climb. LeBron to Minnesota would make the conference finals must see TV with the talent that they already have.
If the Thunder could keep Paul George in free agency and with Melo and Westbrook there, having LeBron James join them would be a really good team. I don’t know how well the personalities would gel and Oklahoma doesn’t seem like a fit for LeBron’s lifestyle. I could see this happening if it was a 2-3 year deal and George decided to stay but I don’t see LeBron signing a max contract in OKC for the long term.