This year's NBA offseason was an entertaining one as many big player names were traded or moved to different teams across the league, but 2018's offseason looks set to be even bigger.
Although he has yet to confirm if he will be hitting free agency, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James could be a free agent next summer if he decides to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season with the franchise.
If he does this, it is widely speculated that the team James will be joining will be the Los Angeles Lakers, as the lifestyle and the business links on the West coast of the United States fit the life he wishes to have after his playing days are over.
LaVar Ball certainly thinks that's the direction which LeBron is going in, as he said during a recent appearance on the CBS Sports Flagrant Two podcast that he believes the Cavaliers icon will pair up with his son, Lonzo Ball, next year.
Ball said: "What do you mean, who's the one guy!? S---, everyone knows who the one guy is! That's LeBron James! That ain't no damn secret! Give me the best, the biggest, the strongest, the fastest guy in the league. I'll take him all day. I'll take him all day with Lonzo.
"I know it's gonna happen. Let's just keep it real on the business aspect. [LeBron] is one of the best players probably, over Jordan ... but the fact is he hasn't won enough. You been to the Finals too many times and haven't won enough.
"But the other thing that makes you better is if you do a three-peat and you won for three different teams. You went to Miami and won. You went to Cleveland and won. Now come to L.A. and win, and guess what? Now you're the greatest player ever if you win two or three in a row.
"And also business-wise, ain't no business opportunities in Cleveland. Cleveland's a nice place to stay if you're from there, but you wanna make some business deals and have some fun? You gotta come to L.A. or New York. And, hey, guess what? New York ain't the place to be, so bring your tail on over here to the west side, which is the best side."
So if LeBron does decide to join the Lakers, whose team would it be? His? Or Lonzo's? LaVar had a very simple answer to that question.
"Whose team is it? Man, everybody know whose team it is -- it's Lonzo Ball's team! LeBron's coming over here to join us. We ain't going over there to join him! If you come to my house, and you need somewhere to stay -- it ain't your house because you came here to stay. It's my house!"
LaVar strongly believes James will be coming to the Lakers next summer, and it very well could happen, but we'll have to wait and see if the Cavaliers star decides to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.News Now - Sport News