Imagine if these two are to be teammates next season
If the Warriors clear enough max cap space. That is...
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have faced in the NBA Finals in the last three seasons and they, assuming that there'll be no upsets, are seasoned for a 4th encounter. However, unlike the Warriors who own the best record in the NBA, at 40-11, the Cavs are on a complete turmoil despite winning recently against the Miami Heat in their first game without Kevin Love who is expected to be out between 6 to 8 weeks because of his broken hand injury that he sustained in the Cavs' game against the Detroit Pistons. Cleveland is dealing with all sorts of problems nowadays and appears to have no idea how to fix their chaotic state
The Warriors, on the other hand, have appeared to be playing with the same core for the next two years. Steph Curry has signed to a 5-year deal which will cost the Warriors, 201 Million Dollars. Kevin Durant meanwhile has a contract that will run until the end of the 2018-2019 season. The same thing can be said with Klay Thompson. So what's the relevance of the money that the Warriors for its Big 3 to the Cavs?
Apparently, LeBron James, whose free agency decision has been hyped since the beginning of the season, is open to sitting in a meeting with the Warriors come free agency this July. According to reports, the King who is rumored to be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers to join the young core of Lonzo Ball and company is open to playing for Golden State IF THEY CAN CLEAR MAX CAP SPACE.
Realistically, it could happen if the Warriors are willing to let go of Nick Young, Zaza Pachulia and possibly, David West. Or, trade Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. However, letting go of Nick Young and David West, both are useful players off the bench will be a big blow for GSW. However, if you are thinking about long-term, the Warriors should at least trade one of their Big 3, possibly Thompson and Green to dump their salary then let go of Young and Pachulia because once LeBron joins the pack, he can start at the 5 spot, right?
Another option would be a trade and sign deal. But that's a complex story for another time.
Question: Can the Warriors do it and land LeBron?
Assuming that the Warriors successfully lure LeBron James into Oakland, the Warriors will be much harder to stop now. And the Warriors will become the most hated team in the NBA. But that's up to the Warriors and to the King himself.