With the possibility of the Golden State Warriors trading for Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Golden State could be an intriguing destination for LeBron James. A core of James, Stephen Curry and Love would have to be one of the NBA’s best, and would certainly rival any other potential landing spot for James.
Of course, for this to happen, the Warriors must trade for Love, and unless they want a mass exodus of players and money similar to the one that brought Andre Iguodala to the Warriors last off-season, they would have to agree to a sign and trade with the Miami Heat in order to make the money work.
Iguodala would be involved in any potential sign and trade for James, but beyond that, other players involved would depend on who is shipped to Minnesota in exchange for Love (again, a must if the Warriors want a shot at the James Sweepstakes).
Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob is the type of owner who likes to make splashes, as evidenced by his willingness to depart with Monta Ellis and the acquisition of Iguodala. If there is any possibility James will consider the the Bay Area a new home–even the slightest chance–you can bet that Lacob will make a few calls and try to set up a meeting with LeBron.
However, it seems as if James has other plans. He has recently opted-out of his contract with the Heat, making him a free agent once again. Another third of the Big Three, Dwyane Wade, has also officially opted-out and the last of the trio, Chris Bosh, opted-out as well, according to reports.
It seems as if all three are willing to take less money, as long as the Heat use the remaining cap space to sign other quality players. It became evident in The Finals that a point guard is a priority for the Heat, as both Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole struggled throughout the playoffs.
The Heat could be targeting players such as Darren Collison, who have the ability to initiate the offense and take some of the pressure off of James.
James may have already made up his mind, but if any team could force his hand, it would be the the Warriors–with Love, of course. James to the Warriors is unlikely, but there’s no reason not to try. Lacob, with his steadfastness and persistence, surely isn’t keen on giving up.