Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers 20/1 odds for a NBA title, because of LeBron James’ impending free agency this summer.
Joining the Lakers means dealing with LaVar Ball’s outspoken opinions about everything:
”It’s their league. If you don’t want to do it, get out their league.”
Could Joel Embiid become another Kyrie Irving for James in pushing his own agenda over the King’s plan?
The ‘Big 3’ of James, Irving, and Kevin Love fell apart not because of talent, but egos and agendas of each All-Star.
That experience may have an influence on how LeBron defines his ultimate legacy in the NBA after his playing days are over.
The question for Heat fans is whether James becomes a Kobe Bryant or a Tim Duncan, who had a long and productive career into his late 30’s.
In order to snag a James, the Miami Heat’s biggest problem is fitting in his $35 million salary next season into a capped-out budget.
Can Pat Riley shed Hassan Whiteside’s $25 million, Tyler Johnson’s $19 million, and/or Goran Dragic’s $18 million to make room? Just doing two of them would work.
For James, playing with a young core of Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Josh Richardson would be an incentive, because of his preference for defensively-minded and athletic talent.
For Miami, James and Dwyane Wade would give the youngsters lessons on how to win championships, like Shaquille O’Neal did a decade ago for Wade.
Returning to South Beach is a long shot, but after the Kyrie Irving fiasco, Vegas believes there is a chance of it happening.