The Cleveland Cavaliers have tried building a super team tough enough to take down the powerhouse Golden State Warriors. They've met in the past three NBA Finals, with the Dubs taking home the title in 2015 and 2017.
Truth be told, LeBron James is the only force powerful enough to take down the Warriors nowadays. For Golden State, having James out of the way would paint a clean path to a couple more championship.
With The King likely to opt out of his contract and explore the open market this offseason, there's no guarantee he returns to Cleveland. And according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, the Warriors could try to set up a meeting to recruit LeBron, should they "create a max salary slot this offseason." Haynes also said that sources believe James would at least listen, "out of respect for the Warriors' winning culture."
n't read into this too much just yet. The Warriors would have to toy a bunch with their roster if they were to take on LeBron. As ESPN's Kevin Pelton pointed out, Golden State may have to propose a package that includes Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and picks. A sign-and-trade deal would probably be the route, too.
The Warriors could easily sell their impressive track record to LeBron. But with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry already rounding out the core, adding The King isn't all that necessary. The Cavaliers are experiencing a frustrating 2017-18 season, and are nowhere close to competing to the Warriors.
Golden State has a historically dominant roster in set, and they'd probably be safer just keeping the core together, rather than risk destroying team chemistry. Not all super teams can work together. Just ask the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers, who featured Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton and Karl Malone. Those four could not co-exist and work together.
LeBron will essentially be able to choose his new team this offseason. We'll see if his long withstanding Kryptonite convince him to join the dark side.