Here’s a crazy scenario for you: LeBron James leaves Cleveland and joins the Houston Rockets.
LeBron James is going to headline a stacked 2018 Free Agent class. As always, the Rockets will be big-time players in the market next summer.
Can the Rockets pull off the impossible and sign the King?
Before you click away, know that this theory is backed by facts. Sam Amick of USA Today Sports says that “it’s not outlandish” for the Rockets to have a shot at LeBron. In fact, he said that the Rockets (and others) are fairly confident that they have a legitimate chance.
Take a look at a quote from Amick’s article this morning:
“…there is strong belief in Rockets circles that they’ll have a legitimate shot at landing the four-time MVP this summer. Rival executives also believe the Rockets will have a real chance. And once you really look at it…it makes all sorts of sense.”
Amick goes on to describe why the Rockets have a legitimate chance at signing James. Be sure to go check out his article!
How it can happen
It is going to take a cap space miracle, that’s for sure. Along with that, the two free agent stars (LeBron and Chris Paul) will likely need to take pretty big pay cuts.
Ryan Anderson‘s contract is one that would need to be traded away to bring both of these guys to Houston. If all of these things were to happen, and more likely, the Rockets might be able to pull it off.
Daryl Morey is one of the best GMs in the league and would be able to move whoever to secure LeBron James in Houston.
What LeBron James brings
What doesn’t LeBron bring is the real question. He would form arguably one of the best big 3s EVER with James Harden and Chris Paul. He would bring veteran leadership and more championships than the Rockets have total. LeBron would catapult the championship odds of the Rockets to the top of the league.
Nobody in the media truly seemed to think the Rockets were going to get Chris Paul, but guess what happened? Can Houston do the same thing this summer and sign one of the best players of all time? We will have to wait and see.