We've all speculated for months about the future of LeBron James.
Seems like we've all been here before.
Oh yeah this is about to be the third and possibly final time we will have in my opinion the third best player in the history of the NBA make yet another seismic decision about his future.
At the very least as a transcendent player in the moment.
Just like in 2010 the world stopped for a week before he decided to "take his talents to South Beach".
And just like in 2014 after four straight NBA Finals appearances and two titles to show for it, he decided to return into the arms of the city he shunned four years earlier in Cleveland.
Now in 2018 we wait.
We do have an idea of the teams that are allegedly the favorite to vie for his services.
From the Lakers, Sixers and even a return to Cleveland should not be ruled out of the conversation.
I think the Houston Rockets are the best fit for LeBron James. They are the team in the moment best equipped to chopping down that monster in the Bay named the Golden State Warriors.
And lets be clear. Kevin Durant started this. Sure LeBron created the superteam in 2010 but lets also be very clear. Even though he had at the time 3 of the 12 best players in the league join him, it was not clear whether that experiment would actually work. The only time LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ever played together in the public setting was in the 2008 Olympics or little moments in an All Star game.
Whereas Kevin Durant bolted to a team who only weeks before won an NBA record 73 wins and were moments from winning back to back titles in an NBA Finals meltdown in 2016 which in many ways triggered the Durant acquisition.
Oh and by the way, Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder held a 3-1 series lead over those same Warriors. So in essence, KD pulled the "if you can't beat them, join them" card from out the hat.
His decision. I do not have to like it. I mostly don't.
And it gives LeBron James in the summer of 2018 the right to pull the same card. He should do it in Houston.
The drive and kick game is already there with both James Harden and Chris Paul. Paul himself in coming to Houston already expressed a desire which has since been executed to play more off the ball. Which sets up well for LeBron to in all honesty "slide right in".
GM Daryl Morey would have to do gymnastics within the salary cap to make it work. But that's what you do for a transcendent who while is finishing up his 15th season is still the best basketball player in the world.
I never understood the Philadelphia rumors. LeBron would not fit there. He hurts Ben Simmons immediately. Both guys need the ball in their hand to be effective. Simmons has yet to show he is an effective player off the ball.
The Lakers while having cap room are still figuring things out. Still a very young team with a lot of growing to do.
And lets talk about Cleveland. Better yet, let's not. They are a fucking mess with the biggest payroll in the entire NBA. It's more like LeBron and a bunch of slugs. If you don't believe me, watch Game 2 of the Eastern Finals vs. the Celtics and tell me different.
LeBron, do yourself a favor and go to Houston.