No one knows where LeBron James will suit up next season, but a new report says that Rockets' management is prepared to make an “all-out” push to bring him to Houston.
Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck reported today that several league sources told him Houston is prepared to make a serious push for James should he choose to opt out of the final year of his Heat contract. Beck says that if the Rockets miss out on the LeBron sweepstakes, they’ll turn their attention to Carmelo Anthony and possibly Chris Bosh.
James has until June 29 to make his decision.
In his report, Beck outlines a number of steps the Rockets could potentially take to open roughly $19 million in cap room – enough to land James. The plan includes trading Jeremy Lin, Omar Asik, Donatas Motiejuns, and Isaiah Cannan without returning salary, and waiving a few players with unguaranteed contracts.
That’s quite a few hoops to jump through, to be sure, but Rockets GM Daryl Morey has pulled off some pretty impressive acquisitions in the past few years. No one could have predicted that James Harden and Dwight Howard would end up in Houston, but Morey managed to make those deals happen.
When LeBron was asked about his future plans on Sunday night, he gave the same noncommittal answer he has for months now.
"I haven't gotten to that point yet," James said. "You're trying to find answers but I'm not going to give you one."
One NBA executive pegged LeBron’s chances of staying in Miami at about 40%. Cleveland is widely regarded as the runner-up for his services.