Richard Jefferson thinks LeBron James could join the Blazers
After dealing with the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals, LeBron James will address perhaps the biggest talking point in the offseason: where will he play next?
The top two teams outside of the Cleveland Cavaliers currently linked to James’ free agency decision right now are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers. There’s also the growing noise around the possibility of James heading to the Houston Rockets.
Former Cavs forward Richard Jefferson has a completely different prediction, though, as the veteran swingman is out there preaching the likelihood of the four-time MVP joining forces with the Blazers starting next season during an appearance on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby Show.
“Right now I really think Portland is trying to do some things to move their entire roster and they’re just going to start with ‘Bron,”
In addition, Richard Jefferson notes James’ connection to Oregon in the form of his partnership with Nike, which is based in Beaverton, as a major reason for the Cavs superstar to relocate his basketball residence in Portland.
“Obviously Bron has a connection to Oregon because of his relationship with Nike.”
“Phil Knight in being a really big LeBron fan I think wants to get him there. They can build a whole new campus up there.”
From a financial standpoint, it’s not going to be easy for Portland to absorb James, who is looking to get paid big time in free agency. The Blazers probably would need to trade some assets like Evan Turner and Mo Harkless, though, finding a partner who would burden themselves of any of those two’s salary will be difficult.
Having said all of that, no one really knows for sure where LeBron James will play next.