Let’s start this off by making a very true and definitive statement: LeBron James is coming back for the final year of his contract. Honestly, a week ago I would’ve given it a 50% chance that he’s returning. This summer doesn’t grant LeBron many options.
LeBron has established that he does not want to play with kids so the Lakers wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Bryan Colangelo is currently deleting all of his burner accounts as I write this. Not sure LeBron wants to go play for a GM that comments on local 76ers blogs to shit on Joel Embiid for literally no reason.
LeBron coming back for one more year in Cleveland was the safe choice. Buuuuut that was before JR Smith grabbed a rebound in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and prepared to hoist up a half-court shot on the Warriors rim because he didn’t realize 1. What the score was and 2. That he was running full speed to the wrong basket.
He’s looking around the locker room and seeing Jeff Green dribble the ball off his feet. He’s looking at Ante Zizic and doesn’t even know that man’s name. He’s literally confused as to who this 7-foot tall white guy is that doesn’t speak English. I don’t think Jordan Clarkson has ever made a jump shot.
LeBron James is leaving.
But what’s next for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Well first of all, this team is 38 million dollars over the salary cap. Needless to say, this roster won’t be changing much. Basically the 2018-19 Cavs will be the same team as last year minus LeBron, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood, Jose Calderon and Kendrick Perkins.
Their 4 superstars.
So without the money to sign any free agents, their starting 5 is looking like Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, JR Smith and George Hill. That’s a good enough Starting 5 to compete with the Orlando Magic for the No. 1 Draft pick next season.
Speaking of draft picks, they have the No. 8 pick in the 2018 Draft. If I know the Cleveland Cavaliers like I think I know the Cleveland Cavaliers, they will draft the next Anthony Bennett. The No. 8 pick is the perfect spot for a team to draft someone who will be out of the league by the end of Summer League.
The more I think about it, the more I am HYPED to watch Jordan Clarkson take the reigns of this team and run it directly into the ground.
Jordan Clarkson is a professional basketball player in the NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/FY7YpG7Djn
— Lester, The Writer (@TheLesterLee) June 1, 2018
If you liked the idea of LeBron James playing all 48 minutes in the NBA Finals then you are going to LOVE Jordan Clarkson playing all 48 minutes game 1 of the regular season as he shoots 2-for-91 from the field with 0 assists. Can’t wait.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are screwed.
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