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Brian Scalabrine: ‘LeBron’s going to LA after next season’

Nick Neville
June 16, 2017 - 11:14 am

With the summer months upon us, the NBA rumor mill is operating at full force, and speculation that LeBron James will opt out of the third year of his contract after next season are among those rumors.

Former Celtic, current CSNNE analyst, Brian Scalabrine believes LeBron to the Lakers is a done deal.

“Legit it’s happening. Like LeBron’s going to LA after next season,” Scalabrine said on CSNNE.

These discussions started circulating on June 8 when the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor cited multiple league sources that said LeBron could be headed to either the Lakers or the Clippers following the 2017-18 season.

On Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported on the Vertical podcast that a Hollywood ending for James is “likely.”

“Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there is an expectation he’s re-signing there,” he said. “I think within Cleveland and around the league they feel that he is very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two LA teams.”

LeBron has a house 30 minutes from Staples Center and a move westward would give him the opportunity to capitalize on some of his ventures outside of basketball. There is speculation that James would feel more comfortable leaving Ohio a second time after the Akron native delivered the Cleveland’s first championship in 52 years.

While the Cavs have little flexibility and are almost $27 million over the cap next season, the Clippers and Lakers could present appealing alternatives to LeBron as he looks to form his next superteam.

“People are looking at the Lakers right now and what they are,” Scalabrine said. “You’re not seeing what they could trade all these assets for. If they add Paul George and LeBron James, which they have the cap space to do, they are gonna be right there because they can trade other guys to improve their roster. It will make them good really quickly, it just won’t be sustainable for a long period of time.”

For Celtics fans, LeBron as a Laker could go a long way toward reinvigorating the Celtics/Lakers storied rivalry that was recently documented in ESPN’s latest 30 for 30.