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Ex-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson added his two cents on the LeBron James summer decision — but it was clearly an effort to have some fun.
Appearing on ESPN’s “Jalen and Jacoby,” Jefferson smiled and speculated James could sign anywhere, even with the Portland Trail Blazers. (Of course because of James’ relationship with NIKE.)
“I can see him doing anything, because no one knows,” Jefferson said. “Marc Stein [NBA reporter] doesn’t know, I don’t know, you don’t know. No one knows. No one knew he was going to Miami, hence the television show, ‘The Decision.’ No one knew he was going back to Cleveland, either.
“Right now, I really think Portland is trying to do some things to move their entire roster. Obviously, LeBron has a connection to Oregon because of his relationship with NIKE. Phil Knight [co-founder and chairman of NIKE] being a really, really big LeBron fan, I think he wants to get him up there. They could build a whole new campus up there. Portland has now entered into the unfounded, irresponsible speculation of free agency around LeBron.”
Jefferson was having fun, but he is correct in saying that everywhere appears to be a possible landing spot for LeBron.
He is also right in saying the Blazers would have to make major roster moves just to be able to offer James a max contract in free agency. They currently have a bunch of money tied to guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, as well as role players such as Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless.
Many believe James would never leave the East to go play in the rugged West because he essentially has a free pass to the NBA Finals in a weak Eastern Conference.
No one, including perhaps James himself, knows what James is going to do this summer. He is currently down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors and is preparing for an important Game 3 on Wednesday.
But like Jefferson says, it’s fun to play the “what if” game when it comes to where LeBron will go next.