The biggest question next summer in the NBA will be the future of LeBron James and which team he will be playing his basketball for in the 2018-19 season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star has the option to opt out of his current deal with the team in 2018 if he wishes to do so, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, where he'll essentially get to choose his next destination.
Many believe that if James was to exercise this option, his destination of choice would be to play alongside Lonzo Ball at the Los Angeles Lakers, and this theory is only backed up by some of James' most recent activity of posting about the Lakers star on social media.
One person who might have the inside track into the small forward's future is Maverick Carter, as he co-founded Springhill Entertainment with the four-time MVP winner. Many think one of the other reasons why LeBron wants to move west is to grow his businesses more.
Carter was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday where he spoke about numerous topics including his 32-year-old's business partner's future in the NBA. He was asked how much will geography factor into his business partner's free-agent decision next summer.
Carter said on The Rich Eisen Show: "These days it doesn't matter anymore."
"... The Lakers and the Knicks have been bad. The Knicks for a very long time and the Lakers since Kobe (Bryant) kind of aged out of being the best player or one of the best players in the league, and basketball is doing as great as ever with teams in Oklahoma City and Cleveland. These days it doesn't matter because you can be known and be a star from anywhere, anywhere in the world. It doesn't actually matter.
"Could he sell a few more sneakers if he was in a gigantic market like Boston, Chicago, New York, or L.A.? Maybe. But not as much as if he wins. What matters the most is if he wins. When you win as an athlete, that matters the most."
Considering LeBron's recent social media activity, plus the fact the Lakers have already made moves to clear cap space in hopes of signing two max players in 2018, it looks like the Cavaliers star could be heading west next summer. While the four-time MVP isn't expected to decide on his future until the conclusion of this season, most signs are pointing in that direction.