The NBA rumor mill is constantly churning every day of the year it seems, with some rumors more genuine than others. On the rare occasion, us fans will get a juicy scoop from a reporter outlining that a star player could be heading to this team or that team, but I can guarantee you that you've never heard of a rumor as potentially big as this one.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a man who has stood toe-to-toe with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the past three years straight, a man who has dominated the Eastern Conference for the past seven years, but has come up short two out of three times against the behemoth that is Golden State, could potentially be signing with his arch rivals this offseason.
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, if the cap space is made available, the Warriors won't hesitate to try and grab LeBron and form perhaps one of the most overpowered units in basketball history.
"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."
Thankfully for the rest of the NBA, the odds of James joining the Warriors are slim to none, as Golden State would need to do a lot of contract-moving to make things work, and that would include trading away or letting go of some of their core that's been there since 2015.
"A sign-and-trade scenario would be the most realistic way for Golden State to acquire James. The Warriors could build an offer around Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala to match salary and tempt the Cavaliers into making a deal, according to ESPN's Kevin Pelton.
To make a sign-and-trade possible, Golden State also would need Kevin Durantto decline his player option and take even less than his current annual salary of $25 million, in addition to moving Shaun Livingston's salary to a team with cap space. Golden State probably would have to fill out its bench with players making the league minimum."
The fallout that would occur if James did sign with Golden State would be astronomical however. It would be on the level of Kevin Durant's move to Golden State, except on a far larger scale, especially if the two teams meet in the Finals again this year.
LeBron probably values his personal brand and legacy highly enough to not consider a move to the Warriors, but in the pursuit of Jordan's six rings, anything is possible.