If you’re the type of psycho dying to see an NBA team go undefeated from Game 1 of the regular season to Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Chris Haynes’ report on the potential of an offseason meeting between potential free agent LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors should thrill you.
Out of respect for the Warriors’ winning culture, James would listen if Golden State explored ways to clear the necessary cap space, sources said.
Errmmm, considering James’ reported (and totally understandable) insistence on making max money on his next contract, how on Beyoncé’s green earth is this possible?
Well, according to the same report, it’d mean lots of roster casualties and pay cuts:
A sign-and-trade scenario would be the most realistic way for Golden State to acquire James. The Warriors could build an offer around Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala to match salary and tempt the Cavaliers into making a deal, according to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.
To make a sign-and-trade possible, Golden State also would need Kevin Durant to decline his player option and take even less than his current annual salary of $25 million, in addition to moving Shaun Livingston’s salary to a team with cap space. Golden State probably would have to fill out its bench with players making the league minimum.
That almost sounds possible—Cleveland would have to cooperate, landing a star in Thompson rather than lose LeBron for nothing. But would Kevin Durant be willing to lose out on even more money to accommodate the guy he said this to? I wouldn’t rule it out, but probably not.
Either way, LeBron gets a free meal out of a meeting. So why say no?
Regardless of whether it’ll actually happen, Twitter had fun with the report.
reporters: so LeBron, are the “LeBron to the Warriors” rumors true?
LeBron: i don’t know what you’re ta… pic.twitter.com/h61yGFx5xY
— dad. (@burrough_) February 1, 2018
Oh no… pic.twitter.com/eBwyAJNjE3
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) February 1, 2018
“All you gotta do is take a little less money and we ALL on team Lebron” pic.twitter.com/TkRwpI5yJs
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 1, 2018
Leaking that story to ESPN is perfect for LeBron’s camp…they get to troll the Warriors and Dan Gilbert at the same time. pic.twitter.com/UE75Gkk5lr
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 1, 2018
NBA Twitter if LeBron comes to the Warriors pic.twitter.com/1XSO2SdZFT
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 1, 2018