LeBron James to the Warriors? Sounds crazy, but it was an idea floated out by the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor:
“Interest between LeBron and the Warriors could be mutual. LeBron is BFFs with Draymond and he’s already said that Steph Curry is the current player he’d most like to play with. Last year on The Shop, LeBron’s business partner, Maverick Carter, pushed him to share the team he’d most want to play for other than the Lakers and LeBron said it’d be the Warriors (or the Heat).”
Crazier things have happened in the NBA. This one sounds a bit farfetched though.
“Contrast this description of Draymond with LeBron’s dynamic with Anthony Davis (a.k.a. AD, a.k.a. Alternating Days). Davis swings between moments of explosive play and long periods of stagnation. The Lakers would not have made the West finals without AD, but his health has proved unreliable and he’s unable to rise to LeBron’s needs on offense.
The West is Jokic’s turf now, and any route to the Finals must go through him. AD wasn’t even the best option to defend Jokic. It was Hachimura or LeBron himself. Now several of the Lakers’ key players are about to get pricey, and with or without Kyrie, they still won’t be West favorites next season. At best, they make another deep playoff run as underdogs. At worst, they risk draining their future assets and sacrificing their long-term outlook for immediate mediocrity.
Alternatively, if LeBron goes to Golden State for the final chapter of his career, complemented by Draymond’s defensive prowess and the offensive might of Steph and Klay Thompson, it could be basketball nirvana.”
As you’ve probably heard following the Lakers Game 4 loss to the Nuggets, LeBron hinted at retirement.
It’s difficult to say whether LeBron James to the Warriors is a NBA fan’s dream or worst nightmare. It depends on who you cheer for.
The retirement talk certainly leaves his future with the Lakers in some doubt, but odds are his basketball future isn’t in Golden State next season.