After the end of the Finals last night, LeBron James held a press conference and briefly discussed his future.
The NBA season is finally over after the Warriors finished their sweep of the Cavaliers last night. While the Rockets didn’t quite make it to the Finals, they still are in a pretty good position moving forward.
One of the leading rumors swirling around the Rockets so far this summer has to do with pending free agent LeBron James. He is the best player in the league and it is widely considered that he will leave Cleveland and go elsewhere.
This season with the Cavaliers, LeBron never really had a great team around him. Some of the individual players were decent but overall, as a team, they didn’t quite work out well. James still carried them to the Finals, but that’s as far as he possibly could go.
LeBron has talked about his desires for his team in the past and just last night as well. Based on his criteria, the Rockets would be a great place for him to come.
LeBron James has stressed over the years how important having other playmakers is to him. Besides Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade, he’s never really had another player that can consistently create his own shot and make plays, no offense to Chris Bosh and Kevin Love among others.
In Houston, LeBron would be able to join two of the best playmakers in the league in James Harden and Chris Paul. LeBron wouldn’t have to handle the ball every possession and wear himself out every single night. He could defer to the other great players on his team and save his energy for both ends of the court.
Playing off the ball
That last point leads into this one. LeBron has stated that in the next stage of his career, he would like to play off the ball a little more. His 3-point shot has improved drastically over his career and he would have the chance to show it off more by playing off the ball.
Well, in Houston, he could do that as much as he wants. That would be a luxury of starting 3 players that can play point guard. He can spot up and shoot more, something that CP3 has said he really enjoyed doing this season. Listen to your friend, LeBron, and come to Houston.
LeBron last night after the loss talked about his decision in 2010 to join the Heat and in 2014 to rejoin the Cavaliers. He said that he wanted to play with great minds and people who can see plays before they happen.
He also said that his mindset on that hasn’t changed heading into this offseason. If James really wants to play with great minds, the players and staff of the Houston Rockets really fit that bill. They have some of the smartest minds in the game in the front office and some of the smartest players on the court in James Harden and Chris Paul.
Here is the full interview via FOX Sports Ohio. The great minds section begins around the 10-minute mark.
It sure sounds like he’s describing just how the Rockets are. I could see him seriously considering joining the squad next season.
If LeBron James does decide on Houston, there should be no need to worry about the salary situation. Daryl Morey and the Rockets will be able to figure it out by any means necessary.