Dan Le Batard thinks LeBron James teaming up with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul isn’t a pipe dream but a certainty, predicting it will happen “in the coming years” and it’s just a matter of when.
“I’m gonna go a step further with what we were just talking about with LeBron James and I’m going to say that that’s going to happen,” Le Batard said on his radio show Tuesday. “Maybe not this year but in coming years he’s going to figure out a way to make it happen where he plays with his friends. Because of everything I just mentioned — new salary cap, paradigm shifter, loves the players having the power, loves playing with his friends, and — this is the key point — every other time he’s made a seismic move he’s made the move at a time where he wasn’t totally fulfilled with what it is he had accomplished in his career.”
James actually talked of his willingness to take a pay cut for that dream-team scenario with his pals in a Bleacher Report piece in March.
“Every other time he’s made a move, he’s heard it whispered by others the move was coming. This one came out of his own mouth. He was publicly quoted as saying, I want to do that … and what LeBron wants, LeBron gets and how great would that be for the league? A super team of aging superstars with their goal to get Carmelo and Chris Paul things they’ve never gotten.”
Le Batard pondered a scenario of the superstar friends joining the Los Angeles Clippers, with the foursome making the money work while “riding a banana boat to games.” Earlier, Brian Windhorst said “not to rule anything out” when it comes to James’ impending Free Agency.
Here's LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabby Union on a banana boat in the Bahamas. pic.twitter.com/t7eFG3CrWF
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It’s not that crazy a scenario considering James isn’t afraid to think outside the box when it comes to Free Agency while showing no loyalty to his incumbent franchise. LeBron does what LeBron wants and if he desires this super team it will become a reality.
LeBron already fulfilled his one-title promise to Cleveland and might be thinking BIG as he thunders toward his mid-30s.
As for Wade potentially leaving Miami to jolt this plan into fruition, I can see it. Maybe not this year but as his career winds down, it doesn’t seem that implausible.