Countless rumors have spread throughout each form of social media. Each post pertains to “insider information” about what is going on in LeBron’s head.
Analysts are predicting him to go one place while players are saying he will choose another. People think he is going to the Los Angeles Lakers because his son was just enrolled in a Los Angeles basketball school. Others think New York because of the legacy he could create by bring a championship to Madison Square Garden.
All in all, nobody has any idea where LeBron is going. They don’t know what he is basing his decision on, so there can’t be a front runner in this race for LeBron.
However, there was one rumor that sparked some conversation on Denver feeds. It is rumored that LeBron might have interest in taking his talents to the Mile High City to play for the Denver Nuggets. While this possibility seems highly unlikely, people are still getting excited. Just imagine plugging in the four-time MVP into the young upcoming Nuggets’ squad.
As exciting as it would be to have LeBron’s name shouted out during the Pepsi Center introductions, I have three reasons why the king will not be making his next throne in Denver.
Reason 1: Cap situation
The Nuggets currently find themselves in a financial bind and that’s without including a potential LeBron James signing.
According to spotrac.com, the Nuggets are $6.4 million over the salary cap. The Nuggets have potential extensions looming for Nikola Jokic and Will Barton which further closes the financial window. Also, Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur will likely opt-in to their final years. That accounts for a $20 million hit against the cap.
It just seems too difficult to try and negotiate LeBron down from a max deal to play in Denver. Obviously, there is a possibility he likes the roster so much that he accepts a smaller deal. However, let’s be honest, the likelihood of that happening is very slim.
Reason 2: Lack of playoff experience
The second reason why LeBron probably won’t team up with Jokic and company is due to the Nuggets’ lack of playoff experience.
It’s to be expected that LeBron wants to try and win a couple more titles before he hangs up the laces for good. LeBron probably wants to be on a team that will not only dominate during the regular season but show up during the dog days of the postseason.
I am not saying he should scoff at Denver and say that they can’t be trusted to accompany him to a run for the title. I know that a young team usually has some growing pains and there is a big chance this team may stumble a bit while on the big stage.
This is nothing to be worried about as every team goes through this because it’s normal. I feel that LeBron wants to win now and avoid the growing pains coming from a young team on the verge of being great.
Reason 3: Not a big enough market
The final reason that LeBron would bypass Denver is due to its market size. Denver is an upcoming city with a huge influx of people from all around the country. Still, Denver cannot compete with the likes of New York, or Los Angeles when comparing market sizes.
LeBron isn’t just looking for a team to help him win championships, he is looking for a place to jump start the next part of his career. Whether it be entertainment or investing in massive companies.
This may be the least important reason of the three, but it’s something that LeBron is considering in his decision.
The Final Verdict
When LeBron finally decides on what team he is going to sign with, the media will instantly make them contenders. It doesn’t matter what conference they are in or what pieces are around him, they just understand the LeBron effect.
Denver will most likely begin the season without the King as their starting small forward, nobody should worry! The team is still going to be dangerous and exciting. I simply suggest you sit back and enjoy the ride this offseason.