LeBron says greatest achievement would be playing with son in National Basketball Association


"I'm not going to take you throughout the whole process".

But there is history with the Cavaliers, who won the 2016 championship with James leading the way. Together, the three of them could prevent the Warriors from winning a fourth title in five years next season.

"But don't discount the idea that James could try to bring Paul with him to a team that can afford two superstars, such as the Lakers, because he and Paul really are that close", Stein said. "I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode". James and Porzingis would be the ideal front court to combat Kevin Durant and Draymond Green; and maybe NY drafts Steph Curry part II in Trae Young to battle the prototype.

Considering how dominant he was in Game 1, scoring a playoff career-high 51 points (on 59.3 percent shooting) to go with eight assists and eight rebounds, the gap between the before-and-after numbers is stark enough to make this the latest what-if scenario.

Wade was traded back to the Heat during a Cavaliers roster overhaul at the trade deadline, as they wanted to open more playing time for youngster Cedi Osman and three newly added perimeter players (Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill).

He could be an integral part of Cleveland's next season with James. Porzingis ended last season with a torn ACL and some have speculated he may not even play next season.

Of course, Cleveland wouldn't necessarily be the favorite to re-sign James.

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The last time LeBron James made a significant decision regarding relocation he made a point of keeping Dwyane Wade out of the loop, to save his friend the burden of having to carry a secret.

Riley: LeBron's legacy in Cleveland is already intact. But his father will have to wait at least five more years before we could potentally see a James family union on the National Basketball Association court.

Realistically, James' best chance to win another championship is elsewhere, as the Cavaliers' past two Finals trips have made plain that they were outmatched against Golden State. The Knicks are in the same kind of attractive situation that Cavs were in when James returned.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

There will also be other factors that play into James' decision, as he takes a hard look at free agency for the first time since returning to the Cavs from Miami in 2014.

Right now, the most popular predictions for James' destination have been the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, with his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers also strongly in the mix. No one is talking about NY right now as a dark horse but that's okay.