A loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals was guaranteed to bring a bunch of trade rumors, with Kevin Love as the most likely subject of any speculated deal.
But loss No. 2 for the Cavs in the Finals trilogy against Golden State has included some bonus chatter — this time surrounding LeBron James leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles as a potential free agent next summer.
The topic gained steam when The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor wrote on June 8 that “multiple league sources I’ve spoken to think the Lakers or Clippers are viable destinations for King James.”
I brushed that off, because the timing of the piece — after the Cavs blew a six-point lead to the Warriors in the final three minutes of a crushing Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena — was dubious, as was the fact that O’Connor and Bill Simmons seemed to just be spitballing when they chatted about the possibility on Simmons’ podcast the day before.
But then the NBA’s biggest newsbreaker — The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski — brought up James leaving Cleveland for L.A. on his podcast, which was released Wednesday morning, June 14.
Woj said the following about LeBron (with a big tip of the hat to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports for relaying the comments here):
“Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there’s an expectation he’s re-signing there. I think they feel, I think within Cleveland and around the league, they feel that he’s very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two…
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