While the Cavaliers are reportedly preparing for the possibility that this season will be LeBron James’ last in Cleveland, a fellow NBA superstar thinks James could be headed to New York.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin explained his contrarian theory on the View From The Cheap Seats podcast, saying he thinks James' side has something "brewing" but it isn't a plan to play in Los Angeles as many suspect.
"I could see [LeBron] going to New York before L.A. I still think, when you go to the Garden, it's a completely different feeling," Griffin said. "The energy, there seems like there's just a consistent buzz the entire game. … Even last year when you go play them, it's still there."
James re-signed with the Cavs on a three-year deal worth $100 million last August, but the 32-year-old superstar can opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.
According to ESPN, James is intrigued with pursuing a Lakers exit plan, but Griffin doesn't see it happening.
"Honestly, I don't see him coming to L.A. period," Griffin said. "Listen, again, I have no idea [laughs]. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don't know what's going to happen, but I think something's brewing and they're going to try to make that work."
CBS Sports speculates Griffin is refering to Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade when he says "group of guys." Could the banana boat crew really get together in New York? Anthony is reportadly on his way out of town and could be joining Paul in Houston.
Wade and the Bulls are expected to reach a buyout agreement at some point in the coming months. A super team among friends could happen in theory but it all hinges on one question, will James stay in Cleveland or will he leave once again?