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How’s your morning going, Cavaliers fans? If it’s going well, stop reading now and find another story on Amico Hoops to peruse.
Chris Haynes of ESPN reports if the Golden State Warriors can find a way to create another max salary slot after this season, they could navigate toward securing a meeting with LeBron James.
ESPN Sources: LeBron James could meet with Golden State Warriors during free-agency. https://t.co/6VACFDFf4M
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 1, 2018
James, who has a $35.6 player option for the 2018-19 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is expected to decline it and become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career this summer.
Haynes writes James would be willing to listen if the defending champions do indeed find a way to clear the necessary space on their salary cap. Golden State has the league’s highest payroll, $137,593,052.
The report said the most realistic way for James to wind up with the Warriors would be the same way he bolted the Cavaliers the first time after the 2009-10 season to head to Miami — via a sign-and-trade scenario.
Haynes speculates Golden State would construct an offer built around Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. He writes the Warriors would also need Kevin Durant to decline his player option and to take even fewer dollars than his current salary, $25 million, and also find a team to take Shaun Livingston.
All of which would clear the path for James to become a Warrior, joining Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, with Golden State then filling out its roster with players signed for the league minimum.