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Is LeBron James to the Denver Nuggets a possibility?
Hey, why not, suggested fellow Clevelander and former 5-foot-5 NBA point guard Earl Boykins.
“He’s going to look at Denver,” Boykins said, via The Denver Post. “He’s going to talk to (Nuggets president of basketball operations) Tim (Connelly) and he’s going to say, ‘If I sign here, what moves are you going to make? What’s going to be left if I decide to sign here.’ The Nuggets have the young pieces that LeBron wants around him.”
Nuggets coach Mike Malone was an assistant on Mike Brown’s staff during James’ first run with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-10). So LeBron is familiar with Malone.
He is also said to be a fan of Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and his high basketball IQ.
“He likes Jokic because he’s big and he can shoot and can handle the basketball and can pass,” Boykins said.
That said, the idea of LeBron in Denver seems to be far-fetched — as even Boykins admitted it would take more than Jokic and a coach to lure the King of NBA Free Agency.
“Whoever gets LeBron, you’re going to have to reconstruct your whole roster. Your team won’t be the same,” Boykins said. “If LeBron comes here, you’re going to have to give up Gary Harris or Jamal Murray … it’s going to be a sign and trade. Wherever he goes, it’s going to be a sign and trade. LeBron wants money.”
The Nuggets finished 46-36 last season — but missed the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference.
They have not been in the conversation when it comes to James, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. He has until June 29 to inform the Cavs.
Boykins played his high school ball at Cleveland Central Catholic, then went on to play for 10 teams during a 14-year pro career (1998-2012).