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"The Heat, in such a scenario, would need to send comparable salary to Cleveland, with Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson and draft picks one permutation that would work within parameters of the salary cap - though that deal would obviously not approach equal value for the Cavaliers".

It has always been rumoured that George is enamoured by the possibility of playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, and with James already owning two mansions there and possibly thinking about his legacy after basketball with his off-court ventures, you can be rest assured Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson will do everything in his power to make this dream a reality.

And given how uncompetitive the last two playoffs have been, many believe he "ruined" the National Basketball Association but he feels differently.

Even if LeBron James declines his player option and leaves in free agency, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert believes the organization can remain competitive.

Listen to The Jonas Knox Show Weekends from 3-6am ET on FOX Sports Radio! Brian Windhorst of ESPN was guest hosting the Hoop Collective podcast and said that Gilbert thinks he can get it done but doesn't want to have to start it next year.

The Cavaliers, though, have a lot of work to do to convince him he should hang around. The last team to be swept before this latest edition of the Cavaliers was the 2007 Cavaliers team that got wiped out as quickly as possible by the San Antonio Spurs.

James and the Cavs could also arrange a sign-and-trade, in which the Cavs could sign James to his true maximum contract, then trade him to another team in a pre-arranged deal. They probably would have lost even if LeBron's hand was healthy but it certainly didn't make things easier. It's unclear if they can move forward together.

As for the question of how much James' injury affected the Finals, it's impossible to tell.

The comment was a concession of sorts from Gilbert, who understands what James means to his franchise and what he represents to Northeast Ohio - hope.

The Cavaliers are now 1-8 against the Warriors in the last two NBA Finals. The summer of 2016 was unforgettable, with a downtown parade that James has said overwhelmed him with emotion.

If so, there's only one place where that can happen.

Because Paul let it be known to James Harden who let it be known to the Rockets who let it be known to the Clippers that Paul would be targeting Houston in free agency, potentially at the cost of Los Angeles receiving nothing in return. But that wasn't enough to overcome the Game 1 gaffe and the powerful Warriors. And like previous years, his next decision could change the National Basketball Association landscape.

There's a tug-of-war going on between James' brain and heart. I pride myself on working hard wherever I go. "It ultimately will come down to me".


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