With the Celtics considered by many to be the team most capable of putting together a compelling package for Leonard, James could be all but forced to take his talents elsewhere should Cleveland's biggest Eastern Conference rival make such a dramatic improvement.
James has to inform the Cavs whether he intends to opt out of the final year of his contract with the team and become a free agent by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 29.
Smith didn't specify which Los Angeles team James prefers between the Lakers or Clippers.
National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O'Neal does not think LeBron James needs to chase further championships as his legacy is already secure. "So LeBron's book is already set He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark - he has three rings".More news: Lukaku leads Belgium past Panama
As the LeBron James free agency rumors continue to heat up, a new development was revealed Friday involving the Lakers and Lonzo Ball. He can drill off-the-bounce threes at a high level, run uber-efficient pick-and-rolls, isolate, stretch the floor, and defend better than he gets credit for. So I got four. After winning a ring in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade in 2006, Shaq jumped ship to Phoenix, Cleveland, and Boston in the space of three years between 2009 and 2011 in an effort to win a fifth championship.
Shaq believes that James's legacy is already secure, and going after more titles won't add much to it. His mentality now is probably: I want to get four before Steph (Curry) does. He can hit free agency this summer if he declines the player option on his contract with the Cavaliers. That's probably his mentality now.
James saw his losing record in the NBA Finals increase when the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors earlier this month, marking his sixth loss in nine appearances. But if I was him, I wouldn't be trying to get four, five and six because it ain't going to matter. "He's a legend, talked about as who is the best between he and Michael Jordan, so he's set".
The first question is who should the third star be, and which teams are in a position to trade one?