Where the Odds Say LeBron James Is Most Likely to Play in 2018

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It’s been a head-scratching and probably very frustrating offseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James. Earlier in the offseason, James seemingly took a shot at owner Dan Gilbert on Twitter after his decision not to bring back former general manager David Griffin. Unfortunately, that was just the starting point of all the drama.

Next up came the fact that fellow superstar Kyrie Irving had opted to request a trade to leave town, and as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported, the main reason was that he “no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James.

The situation in Cleveland seems to get messier and messier as the days go on, and it’s gotten to a point where it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that 2017 could be James’ final year in Cleveland. And as a matter-of-fact, Chris Sheridan even reported that an NBA source stated that James will “100 percent” be leaving.

So, with the thought that James could very well leave the Cavaliers, let’s take a look at the potential odds of where he could land next summer, according to Bet Online.


Odds on Where LeBron James Will Play in 2018-19

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers: +250
  • Los Angeles Lakers: +275
  • Boston Celtics: +700
  • Houston Rockets: +1000
  • San Antonio Spurs: +1000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: +1400
  • Philadelphia 76ers: +1600
  • Miami Heat: +2500
  • Golden State Warriors: +2800
  • Denver Nuggets: +3300
  • New Orleans Pelicans: +3300
  • Milwaukee Bucks: +3300
  • Los Angeles Clippers: +4000
  • New York Knicks: +4000
  • Washington Wizards: +4000
  • Dallas Mavericks: +4000
  • Chicago Bulls: +4000
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: +5000
  • Portland Trail Blazers: +5000
  • Charlotte Hornets: +5000
  • Detroit Pistons: +6600
  • Indiana Pacers: +6600
  • Toronto Raptors: +6600
  • Memphis Grizzlies: +10000
  • Orlando Magic: +25000
  • Sacramento Kings: +25000
  • Utah Jazz: +25000
  • Atlanta Hawks: +25000
  • Brooklyn Nets: +25000
  • Phoenix Suns: +25000

Obviously, it seems that the expectation is largely for James to either remain with the Cavaliers, head to the Lakers or go to Boston. There are arguments for each place, but one of the biggest has to be that there has been speculation that James may want to head to Los Angeles to play.

As for the Celtics, James Stewart of CBS Boston pointed out that James has publicly made it known that he’s a fan of head coach Brad Stevens.

The odds across the board are certainly intriguing, but for each time listed up high, including the Celtics, Rockets, Spurs, and Timberwolves, the teams would need to make some moves in order to free up cap space. There’s plenty of reason to believe that a trade could possibly be a realistic option, assuming that the Cavaliers believe there’s no way to salvage their relationship with James during the 2017-18 season.

Time will tell, but the rumors and hype of James heading elsewhere are only going to pick up steam as time rolls on.


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