Toronto Raptors Thought of as Dark-Horse to Land LeBron James
Now I must warn you, you should probably take this with a grain of salt.
With the NBA season coming to an end and the overwhelming banter of LeBron James looking at leaving Cleveland once again, rumours have began to swirl about where James’ next home in the league will be. For ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is no easy answer as to where James’ talents will end up.
“I think there’s been an expectation going back to last summer that he was obviously seriously going to look elsewhere, but you remember, Cleveland can still pay him the most and if he wants to do that five-year, $200 million supermax deal, if he wants to do that to take him into his late thirties, it’s the only place he can do that,” said Adrian Wojnarowski. “I just think right now for him there’s not an obvious choice.
“The Lakers are intriguing and if he can get Paul George to partner up with him, or go there this year and chase another star next year or via trade. The Lakers could be very, very good, but I don’t think there’s anybody who thinks they’re a better team than the Warriors, or that they would even be a better team than Houston.
“I just think, in the end, what’s important to him. Is it his legacy in Cleveland? Is it making the most here? Staying in the East?
“One GM of one of the better teams in the West said, ‘you know, Boston, there was a time you just stay in the East and you have a much easier path to the Finals.’ Will that necessarily be true with Boston or Philadelphia? There’s not a young team like that in the West…
“I’m not sure LeBron knows what’s going to do with this one.”
While plenty of uncertainty is in the air, ESPN’s Chris Haynes believes there is an interesting dark-horse team in the LeBron equation.
“Houston has been linked a lot,” said Haynes. “I’ve been told that’s not a realistic option. Philly of course, that’s legit. The Lakers are still in play but they’re not as hot as it was before, but you’re going to grant Magic Johnson a meeting. You’re going to do that and listen. The Lakers have been setting up for two years for this summer. Then I’m going to throw out a dark horse, the Toronto Raptors. And let’s not overlook the Boston Celtics. I think the Celtics are in that realm with Golden State where if Boston reached out and said ‘We’re serious’, LeBron would listen.”
Don’t hold your breath Raptors fans, but James may be pondering a move to the great white north!
The Raptors will obviously need to make some financial moves to open up a spot for The King, but to be quite frank, if James decides to come to Toronto, or LeBronto, the Raptors will do whatever it takes to free their cap space.
Of course this is just a rumour and there will be 30-NBA teams vying for a chance to sign James in the summer. Whether the Raptors have a good chance or not, that is still to be seen!