Where is LeBron James going to play next season? How about in Denver?
Speculation about where the 33-year-old Cavaliers superstar will go this offseason has ranged from joining the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers to the contending Houston Rockets to even the defending champion Golden State Warriors. But on Wednesday’s episode of “The Hastings and Browman Show” on Altitude AM 950, former Nuggets guard Earl Boykins chimed in and said the Mile High City is a viable option.
“He’s going to look at Denver,” Boykins said. “… 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.”
Among those young pieces is 23-year-old center Nikola Jokic.
“He (James) likes Jokic because he’s big and he can shoot and can handle the basketball and can pass,” Boykins said.
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Boykins added that if the Nuggets can sign Jokic to a long-term deal, the chances for Denver to sign James rises to 35 to 40 percent. However, adding James would come at a cost.
“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.”
So could James end up in Denver? Anything is possible. He does have a relationship with Nuggets president Josh Kroenke — the two hung out alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul on a yacht in Italy back in 2006.
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports