LeBron James might be subscribing to the “if you can’t beat’em, join’em” mantra if his Cleveland Cavaliers flop this year. There is a report that LeBron could be interested in joining the Golden State Warriors. Forget “Big Three,” this would be a “Big Four,” possibly even a “Big Five.” The Warriors adding LeBron would instantly become one of the best starting lineups in all of NBA history. A super, super team.
LeBron will likely test the free agent waters this summer if the Cavs fall short, which seems like a solid possibility since they are only playing .600-ball and are third in the Eastern Conference, six games behind the Boston Celtics. One of the many teams that have been rumored to be linked to snagging James are the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and now the Warriors. Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that a source said that LeBron would listen to a pitch from Golden State in the offseason. “If the Golden State Warriors can create a max salary slot this offseason, the defending NBA champions could position themselves to secure a meeting with LeBron James, league sources told ESPN.” And why wouldn’t he? It’s perfect weather, you’ll win a few NBA Championships, and you might even go 82-0.
The most likely scenario to get LeBron to the Warriors would be via a sign-and-trade. The Cavs would re-sign LeBron to a max contract and then trade him to the Warriors for a package including Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala to match salaries. All NBA fans (except for Warriors fans) would despise this move and it might even be such a dominating dynasty that it would make the Association boring.