LeBron, Westbrook named Players of Month

LeBron James' safest bet in free agency may be simply to return to the Cavs ... or maybe not.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook have been named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, the league announced Thursday.

James was third in scoring in the East (27.5 ppg), first in assists (10.3 apg) and eighth in rebounding (8.2 rpg) as the Cavs went 9-5 in December. He also recorded an East-best five triple-doubles.

James has been named Player of the Month a remarkable 36 times in a career that has spanned 84 months total.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double of 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 10.2 rebounds as the Thunder sprung to life and went 12-5 for the month. He shot better than 50 percent from the floor in seven of the Thunder’s final nine December games.