If you haven't been living under a rock for the past month or so, you'd know that things in Cleveland have been less than harmonious lately.
Kyrie Irving wants to be traded badly, and there have been numerous rumors floating around that suggest LeBron James could be on his way out of Cleveland after next season, especially if the team doesn't live up to lofty expectations.
Many team names have been thrown around regarding where LeBron could land in the summer of 2018, but one thing is clear - many sources are certain James will be in a different jersey come the 2018-19 NBA season.
So where can King James take his talents to next? It'd be extremely smart on his behalf to move to a team that has a young and promising core that can contend for many years into the future, as LeBron isn't the player he once was, and his athleticism and general impact on the court is going to decline as his career winds down. As we all know, Father Time is undefeated.
So, in the spirit of speculation, here are three young squads LeBron James could move to in the summer of 2018.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most exciting up-and-coming teams in the Association right now, and adding LeBron to an already re-tooled roster next year will undoubtedly fast track their path to the NBA Finals.
Minnesota is hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004 after adding the likes of Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and All-Star Jimmy Butler to a team already consisting of number one overall picks Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, who are bound to be All-Stars in their own right in the coming years.
If you add LeBron James into the mix after another year of development, and it'd be a done deal in the Western Conference, especially once the Warriors begin to decline after their stretch of dominance.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
What better way to Trust The Process than to add a King to oversee everything?
If LeBron wants to stay in the comfort zone that is the Eastern Conference, there'd be no better place then the City of Brotherly Love.
With a young core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, and role players such as J.J. Redick, it wouldn't be long before the 76ers had a vice-like grip over the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Positions would be a minor issue, as Simmons and James share both the same playstyle and position on the court, but there's no reason why Big Ben couldn't be slotted in at the point guard spot while Philadelphia's newest rookie Markelle Fultz could move down to the 2.
With both Simmons and James setting the table for Fultz and Embiid, the small ball tactic that has taken over the NBA would be stopped dead in its
1. Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron has been linked with LA for most of his career it seems, with the Lakers always in the hunt for the 13-time All-Star come free agency period.
Unlike previous years, however, the Lakers may be on the cusp of another championship era in Los Angeles after Kobe's departure. Adding LeBron would only help both parties.
With players such as Julius Randle, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and of course, Lonzo Ball, the Lakers boast the youngest roster in the NBA at the moment, something that is bound to excite James.
Based purely on basketball reasons, LeBron would be mad not to at least consider Los Angeles next summer. They have enough cap room to sign not only James but also another max player (Paul George anyone?), having the potential to add two All-Stars to their developing squad. With Lonzo Ball dishing the rock, L.A could potentially have 3 big-time scorers (James, George, and Ingram) on the court at once, much like their Californian neighbors the Golden State Warriors.
If that isn't enticing enough, the marketing opportunities that await LeBron in Hollywood would be unheard of. Los Angeles is one of the biggest markets in sports, and James' endorsement portfolio would at least double if he made a move to California, not to mention the waves of acting roles he'd receive.
There's only one logical destination for LeBron next summer if he wants to add to his resume as the greatest basketball player of all-time and catch Jordan, and that's a move to Los Angeles.