MANILA, Philippines – What could perhaps be a bigger storyline than the Golden State Warriors winning their 3rd NBA championship in 4 years?
Well, it’s LeBron James’ impending free agency, again.
The Warriors completed a clean sweep of rival (if we can still call it that) Cavaliers. And seeing how the Cavs completely let their 15-year veteran carry virtually everything – with a broken hand, at that – in a lopsided series against the Warriors, it’s not hard to imagine the 3-time champion packing out of Cleveland and taking his talents elsewhere.
Of course, NBA players are very well aware of that, and have taken to Twitter to start the early recruitment drive.
First up is the king of Twitter himself, Joel Embiid, asking LeBron to join the Philadelphia 76ers and “Trust The Process.”
Trust The Process!!!! Find a new slant @KingJames — Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 9, 2018
With Philly moving past LeBron’s former Miami Heat team in the first round of the playoffs using just a bunch of 22-year-olds, it’s easy to see now that “The Process” is actually working and is here to stay. Just make sure Ben Simmons overcomes his 3-point phobia.
Next up is Dejounte Murray of the San Antonio Spurs posting a photo of LeBron in a Spurs jersey.
pic.twitter.com/lO4giEDfet — Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) June 9, 2018
James teaming up with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and most importantly, a Hall of Famer coach in Greg Popovich? Not bad at all. Shoot your shot Murray, unlike some people out there.
JR DRUNK — Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) June 1, 2018
Finally, we have Enes Kanter, the guy who endlessly trolled LeBron and is now bending over backwards to recruit the self-proclaimed “King of New York.”
Here he is with James photoshopped straight into Kristaps Porzingis’ jersey number. Awkward.
Let the Fun begin #cLeaveLand pic.twitter.com/hgWixRyQG2 — Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 9, 2018
This came exactly a month after Kanter told James to prove that he’s the true King of New York:
After trolling LeBron James all year, Enes Kanter is ... trying to recruit him? pic.twitter.com/ZsFgPQCQmm — ESPN (@espn) May 8, 2018
But Enes, there’s also this rumor…
Celtics “scared” Kyrie will leave in 2019 free agency to join Knicks, per @ChrisMannixYS https://t.co/0eq9X4VORv pic.twitter.com/cJ84dynC0s — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 8, 2018
And if LeBron hops in, well... double awkward.
Thirty teams, one destination. Where will LeBron James go to next?