Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Decisions, Decisions: What will LeBron James do this summer?

Decisions, Decisions: What will LeBron James do this summer?

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love fires up a jumper over the outstretched arm of Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell in the first half of Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Friday night. "I mean, we all know that", said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, who also said that he intends to return.

And not surprisingly, Kevin Love's name has been mentioned as the most tradeable asset now on the roster, especially when paired with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. I should be making more money if all that's on me.

LeBron James is being honored as a gamer - on and off the floor. Together, the three of them could prevent the Warriors from winning a fourth title in five years next season.

The NBA Finals might have only finished a couple of days ago but to many they are already an afterthought, LeBron James' future is now the main topic of conversation for the league. Subbed out of Game 4 with four minutes remaining, the home fans gave James a standing ovation that felt like goodbye, but even James isn't sure if Friday was his final game as a Cavalier.

"Anything is possible", Love said, via Matthew Florjancic of WYKC.

"I still want to be in championship mode", LeBron said after his team was eliminated from the NBA Finals, echoing the conventional wisdom that he wants to chase another ring. I don't really think the basketball decision of saying, 'Oh, let me go team up with three All-Stars.' I think at this point in his life, it's more so of a lifestyle thing of where my family is going to be the most comfortable and where I'm going to be the most happiest at. It always does. It's also good to be wanted. They don't need all but securing just one other all-star would keep James in Cleveland and if he can avenge last week's Finals defeat with another championship out of Cleveland then his legacy would become that much greater. "This is the best place for me to just play ball, work on my game, play ball, and not care about [expletive] that normal National Basketball Association superstars are supposed to care about". We just don't know. "But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that". But if the Pacers did end up losing, I wouldn't get to hear the end of how much "we sucked" until the end of the day, but regardless, I would still show up with my Victor Oladipo jersey on and a smile on my face. At this point, it's hard to imagine that the Thunder would move on from the 29-year-0ld given that he's in the prime of his career and one of the top players in the league. "I think I'm still learning". But the 7-1 odds on Boston do make them perhaps the best bet at this time.

Durant then used that context, of the conditions under which certain players have displayed that greatness, to offer arguably his most eyebrow-raising observation: "I feel like it's easy to be the best player when you don't have good players around you".

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