Report: Gregg Popovich interested in bringing LeBron James to Spurs

As soon as Game 4 of the NBA Finals finished and the Golden State Warriors’ sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers was complete, more rumors and reports about LeBron James’ future began to emerge.

Due to a clause in his Cavaliers contract, LeBron is able to opt out of his current deal with the franchise this summer and become an unrestricted free agent. If he does so, he will be the biggest free agent name available on the market.

Despite the NBA Finals appearance, it’s been a disappointing season for the Cavaliers, as they’ve struggled throughout most of the regular season and the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. James’ performance on the court has got them through most games throughout the year.

Due to this, it has been heavily rumoured that LeBron will look to play his basketball elsewhere next season, and while everyone will likely get their fair chance in The Decision Part 3, one person isn’t reportedly waiting around.

LeBron to Spurs?

According to Mark Stein of the New York Times, he reports that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is set to force his way into the LeBron sweepstakes and make a case for the four-time MVP winner to South Texas.

Stein said: “I’ve also been advised that the ever-persuasive San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is bound to try to force his way into the conversation to sell James on the merits of South Texas.”

Everyone knows as well that LeBron is a huge fan of the Spurs as well, so the feeling between the two parties is mutual. However, this doesn’t guarantee that he will be playing his basketball in San Antonio next season.

The Spurs don’t exactly have the cap room at the moment to facilitate James. They have $78 million in guaranteed contracts on the books for next season, and that assumes both Danny Green and Rudy Gay opt out of their current deals.

They also have to deal with the future of Kawhi Leonard at the franchise, who will likely receive a supermax contract worth upwards of $200 million whether he goes. 

LeBron and Pop might have a mutual respect for each other, but money talks. The King to the Spurs isn’t exactly a shoe in this offseason should LeBron leave the Cavs.

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