Although it is not confirmed, it is widely expected that LeBron James will be opting out of his current Cleveland Cavaliers contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and look for a new team to play for next season.
Free Agent LeBron?
Several teams have been linked with the four-time MVP winner including the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and the San Antonio Spurs as well as the Cavaliers themselves.
Despite the Spurs being considered by many as one of the least likely teams out of those mentioned about to sign James, they might have a good chance of signing him because of James' affection for their head coach, Gregg Popovich.
Over the years, LeBron has shown his appreciation for Popovich. According to bananashamrock on Reddit, LeBron spoke very positively about the Spurs head coach in 2016 in an interview with Fox Sports.
He said: "It would be pretty amazing to be able to actually play for the greatest NBA coach of all time.
"I've studied a lot from the outside looking in. I can't be there on a day-to-day basis. I wish I could. I believe he’s one of the great basketball minds that we’ve ever had in this game, and I wish I could be around him every day to kind of just pick his brain and see what he does, what he thinks.
"I believe I think the game, I’m not going to say in a similar fashion because he has more experience than me, but I think I have a high basketball IQ, too."
LeBron is a fan of Popovich, and Popovich is a LeBron fan as well, as he said the following about the Cavaliers star during an interview in 2015.
"He's a great player. He's not just athletic. He's incisive. He understands the game the way Magic did, the way Larry did, the way Tim Duncan does. He knows a whole lot more of about what he's doing and what he has been doing than you all. He's a character guy, he's good people, and he's got a great heart."
It looks like this could be the perfect match for both player and coach, but will it happen? We'll have to wait until later this summer to find out.
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