The dust has barely settled on the NBA Finals and already the speculation is mounting for what could be an incredibly impactful offseason.
The Golden State Warriors made it three titles in four years with their sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers and with Kevin Durant indicating that he will opt out of his contract and then re-sign with the Warriors, the only question is who will challenge Golden State in the 2018-19 season?
That of course is where it gets interesting. LeBron James took the Cavaliers to the Finals, almost single-handedly it seemed, but Cleveland as currently built seems unlikely to hold off a healthy Boston Celtics or a rapidly improving Philadelphia 76ers.
Having delivered the championship to the long-suffering Cleveland fans, LeBron would appear to be free to continue to pursue titles.
That means a move away from the Cavaliers to sign with a contender. The Lakers would seem to be the most obvious location for LeBron, who has a house and business dealings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers are said to be willing to gut their team to sign LeBron and Paul George, which would make LA a very useful side.
The Clippers are also in the mix if they can sign the right free agents. It is known that LeBron wants to play with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, but it seems difficult for all of the players to end up on the same side.
Throw in a deep, but questionable draft this season and one thing is abundantly clear. The Golden State Warriors will be the team to beat, and no one knows who will be an effective challenger until the offseason is complete.
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