“I’m taking my talents to Summerfest.”
Lebron James is in a unique position right now. He’s on an old team – mostly his doing – that might not be even close to competing for an NBA championship. (Still, he’s already won 4). So as Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrbach writes, “When smoke surrounds Lebron James there is always fire, and the Los Angeles Lakers are burning.”
Rohrbach continues, “Whenever James has been dissatisfied in his career, whether he tells us directly or lets anonymous sources do the informing, whispers become louder right before a momentous change reverberates around the NBA. We have seen James spin this cycle through Cleveland, Miami, back to Cleveland, and now in Los Angeles.”
After his infamous “the Bucks are the team we want to be” rant, we all certainly can agree James is not where he wants to be. And he has a very public, very clear respect for what is happening in Milwaukee.
Other than a seemingly honest and clear mutual respect? Well, it might be about timing.
Lebron has made it abundantly clear he wants to play with his son, Bronny James. “My last year will be played with my son,” James said, according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”
Bronny James is eligible to be an NBA draft pick in 2024.
The Bucks do have a first-round pick in 2024. They also have some interesting second-round draft picks to entice a pick swap and/or other leveraged moves. Milwaukee is not the only team thinking about what would be a franchise reviving generational-type team with both James men and whomever playing together. Sure, it might just be a decent playoff team, but for any owner who has a decent business sense, the revenue numbers would be prolific!
Money aside, it’s not about that. With Lebron less concerned about finances and numbers at that point, who else would he want his son to learn from? Giannis, of course! It’s just another example of why the Giannis effect is so, so important.
Interestingly enough, Giannis will be on the last year of his deal. Could you picture a Giannis, Lebron, Middleton, Holiday, and Sandro Mamukelashvili starting five? (Lebron James to Milwaukee Bucks! Wow!)
Because of the positive direction of basketball in the Badger state, Lebron James and his son could end up in Milwaukee. Why not? With some shrewd management and with a renewed outlook, Lebron wants to win. Because of the timing and the future NBA landscape, the Bucks certainly have just as good of a chance as many other NBA franchises to land them.
And let’s be real: every team will want the James combo. Could you imagine Lebron James, part owner of the Milwaukee Bucks?
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Not losing in AM basketball runs though!!