The last week of June/First Week of July is one of the most intriguing of the sports year. Why? All out chaos in the NBA. Turn Twitter notifications on for Woj and turn Twitter notifications on for Shams because the next 48 hours are going to be WILD.
LeBron James needs to decide whether or not he’s going to opt in or opt out of his deal with the Cavaliers by tomorrow, Friday June 29th. This essentially affects the rest of the NBA.
We learned yesterday via ESPN that the Lakers are ‘feeling pressure’ to acquire Kawhi Leonard by LeBron’s deadline, which makes a tremendous amount of sense. Clearly, the Lakers aren’t completely sold they can get LeBron James unless they get either Kawhi Leonard or Paul George.
As of Thursday morning, Paul George told the Thunder he’s opting out of his contract to become a free agent. This leaves the door open for Paul George to go to Los Angeles.
As an NBA fan myself, I’m extremely confident that LeBron James will end up a Laker. I think he made a decision already, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he has. First of all, there’s been multiple rumors that LeBron James’ son is likely going to enroll in Sierra Canyon High School, which is in Los Angeles. Second of all, we’ve been seeing some strange tweets from a friend of LeBron, signaling a signing with the Lakers.
LeBron’s friend with some interesting Lakers tweets today…
LA Bron. 👀 pic.twitter.com/FlIne8RF4b
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) June 26, 2018
What’s so amazing about the NBA though is the domino effect we will see if LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard end up in Los Angeles. It won’t just be that move and then calamity all of a sudden. You would see another team involved in a Lakers-Spurs trade to make contracts work (I personally wouldn’t be surprised if this team is the Suns). Then, you would see all out chaos for Paul George. You would see the Rockets doing everything they can to ensure that the Lakers don’t get Paul George. Then, you would see the Sixers throwing everything at him, and the Thunder begging him to stay in OKC.
All this can happen extremely quickly, and expect more to follow the decisions of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George. Most teams in the league aren’t going to be too content if the Lakers acquire all three. I expect other mediocre teams like the Thunder, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Wizards, and Raptors to go all out to acquire another superstar in order to compete. The Warriors created an arms race each NBA offseason, and it is absolutely exhilarating.
Brace yourselves for a crazy 48 hours…