Pump the brakes, LeBron James will have a conversation with the Boston Celtics when he becomes a free agent this summer says Stephen A. Smith.
There is absolutely no way LeBron James would ever consider wearing a Boston Celtics uniform…right?
Well, when former Celtics player Antoine Walker pushed Boston as a possible destination for James during an appearance on “First Things First,” there wasn’t much seriousness taken about his particular take.
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However, when ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith drops a little nugget, it’s time to pay attention. Not to say that Smith is always right, but he does have people very close to the game whispering in his air.
During Wednesday’s episode of “First Take,” Smith dropped a bombshell that will have the minds of Boston Celtics fans stirring. With all the trade rumors that have already surfaced following the team’s Game 7 defeat to LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers, there now is this:
“LeBron James is going to have a conversation with the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Smith said, via NBC Sports Boston. “They can offer him the most, and they are willing to do anything they can to keep him here…..he’s going to have a conversation with Boston. He’s going to have a conversation with Philly. Obviously the Lakers. Houston’s in the mix as well. They are going to go after him. Make no mistake about it.”
Okay, we knew about those other teams, but the Celtics? When did that happen?
Then again, Kevin Durant had the Celtics on his list of possibilities when he was a free agent two summers ago. As disappointing as his decision was when he decided to go to Golden State, getting involved in the summer of LeBron James could set up a similar amount of disappointment.
Given the fact that his former teammate Kyrie Irving is now leading the herd in Boston, it would seem unfathomable that a Celtics and LeBron James union is anything more than a crazy rumor.
With young, rising stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to go along with a 26-year-old Irving and Gordon Hayward, Boston is in good position with the best player in the world. They came close to beating him without their top two stars.
So, why exactly would Boston be in the conversation?
The answer to that is simply Brad Stevens. If LeBron James desires to play for the best young coach in the league, he’ll find a way to make it happen. And if James wants to come to Boston, you better believe Danny Ainge will find a way to make it happen.
If you want him playing half his games at the TD Garden or not, brace yourself Green Teamers. For the third straight summer, you’ll be preparing for fireworks once again…even if it’s just a bunch of smoke.