The biggest knock on LeBron James other than his fastly fading hairline, is that his Finals record is on it’s way to being 3-5. Now, down a devastating 3-0 to arguably one of the greatest teams of all time, LeBron might have to be contemplating fallback options, if he can’t complete the comeback to win championship number 4.
When LeBron is still chasing history and the ghost in Chicago that wore number 23, he would need to find a way to boost his resume to stay in running with someone who is 6-0 in the finals. That man in question is Michael Jeffrey Jordan. There are multiple options for LeBron to consider including a reunion with friends, dealing away certain players that are underperforming, cutting ties with loose ends, or having a little sit down with Adam Silver.
If you want to know what the heck I am rambling about in these few paragraphs, please continue to read. Here are 5 Moves LeBron James could make if he loses one more final.
5. Sit Down With Adam Silver
LeBron James should want to sit down with Adam Silver if he is not able to assemble this team to beat Golden State. Explain how there is less parity in the league today and that Golden State is built to win it all for potentially the next four years. Explain that what they are doing is unfair because they have too much firepower on one team.
Hope he doesn’t mention the 2008 Celtics or the 2013 Miami Heat and its smooth sailing from there. James has successfully put a stop to the dominance of Golden State with a little help from the league. Just make sure word never gets out about this. It could ruin his reputation and career.
4. Trade JR Smith To A Disorganized Franchise
When it comes to disorganized franchises, I could see Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder as all plausible options. Philadelphia has always been notable to deal away core players to other teams as long as the deal includes a few picks. Cleveland could trade JR Smith and some second round picks for a package of Nik Staukas and Jerryd Bayless.
Philadelphia would get some championship experience and more three-point shooting with JR Smith. Philly also loves any draft pick. For the Cavs, they would get some good shooters in return in Staukas and Bayless who can help Cavs' bench next season.
3. Trade Tristan Thompson To Toronto
Picture by: Jackson Lee / Splash NewsThis would be another sign and trade but it makes sense for both sides. If take a look at the Toronto-Cleveland Series, Serge Ibaka clearly is not the answer to stop LeBron James. Tristan Thompson had a productive series against Toronto. Thompson probably would enjoy playing in front of his home country anyways. The Cleveland Cavaliers could ship Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian’s curse to Toronto for Serge Ibaka.
This move would give the Cavs more versatile big men with range out to the three-point line. A man that knows how Kevin Durant likes to play and can probably defend better than most due to familiarity with KD’s game.
The Raptors before they did the Serge Ibaka deal were interested in acquiring Tristan Thompson. I don’t think some curse would change anything. This would give Toronto two options for their starting line. Go with Jonas Valanciunas if you need more offense or go with TT if you need more defense.
2. Cut Ties With Deron Williams
If this Finals has told us anything, it's this Deron Williams is even more of far cry from his All-Star days than we anticipated. He has yet to make a single field goal in three games of these NBA Finals. He is shooting 0-11 in the 39 minutes of play, he has gotten in this series. He has proven that he cannot win on the big stage, even in the smallest role.
At this point maybe he should contemplate a reunion with Utah or just retire altogether. By retiring at least he won’t completely taint his legacy. To think this was the playmaker that LeBron pleaded for the Cavs to get and the fit was a disaster. Nowadays, you can’t tell the difference between Deron Williams’s game and a garbage can.
1. Reunite The Banana Boat Gang
Over a year ago, LeBron James told Bleacher Report he would love to get a year in with his friends which included Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade. Now, Dwyane Wade did a team with LeBron James from 2011-2014, but they may have unfinished business that being to help Chris Paul get a ring for himself. With this move suddenly Chris Paul’s championship window is wide open again. LeBron would also have a more experienced Big Three that knows what it takes to win on the big stage, something he could only do once with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in three finals appearances.
The plan would be to do two sign and trades. First to send Kevin Love to Chicago for Dwyane Wade. This move would appeal to Chicago because a big three of Rondo, Butler and Love offers more youth and spacing. Chicago is a team desperate for spacing. Chicago’s front office has been under a lot of scrutinies in the last few years and they would finally please the fans with this move. Chicago would definitely have a chance to contend if all went well.
Meanwhile, LeBron and the Cavs get to reunite one of the best duos of all time that have a great experience on the big stage. They know about the process of getting there and what it takes to win. Wade didn’t fit well in Chicago and it was never going to work. However, Wade knows how to play in a LeBron run offense.
After that, Carmelo Anthony will request a trade and Cavs will easily get him because he wants to play with LeBron James. Phil Jackson will be very happy to get future picks and ... yeah, nothing more than that, except if he wants Richard Jefferson, Dahtnay Jones or Derrick Williams. Hey, don't ever underestimate New York Knicks' Front Office.
Next move would be to ship Kyrie Irving to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Paul. Signs strongly point to Chris Paul leaving in free agency if this trade wasn’t to happen anyway. This trade would give the Clippers a point guard for the foreseeable future. Assuming Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan still stick around, this would a decent big three. Lob City would still be alive and kicking.
On the other end of the deal, Chris Paul with this move nearly guarantees himself a spot on the big stage. In the NBA finals. This is where his legacy can be re-written. When the banana boat sets sail.