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Report: LeBron James Rumored To Leave Cavs To Join LA Team in 2018 Free Agency


It seems that with every Finals loss LeBron is invoved in, rumors suddenly spring up regarding James' desire to move to another team in free agency, and this year it's no different.

After the Cavaliers' heartbreaking loss in Game 3 against the Warriors to fall down 0-3 in the series, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported that LeBron James may consider signing with the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers during 2018 free agency.

In the report, O'Connor mentions an article written by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, stating that many figures inside the NBA believe LeBron will not finish his career in Cleveland. Following the 2017-18 season, LeBron has a $35.6 million player option to remain with Cleveland in 2018-19. O'Connor also references former player and ESPN personality Jalen Rose saying on First Take this week that James will eventually play in California since he lives close to L.A.'s Staples Center. Former NBA All-Star Baron Davis also believes in the rumors.

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It's not unlike LeBron to pack up and leave when things aren't going as planned, as he has done multiple times before, both leaving Cleveland for Miami after missing out on the NBA Finals in 2010, and returning home from Miami after falling to the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals.

With the Cavaliers down 3-0 in this year's Finals against an all-time great team in the Golden State Warriors, a 5th Finals loss for LeBron is 99.9% certain. Maybe LeBron would rather move out West in two years time to team up with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the Clippers, or Lonzo Ball and Paul George in the Purple and Gold to try and combat the Warriors, and show the doubters he can cut it in the West?