The third and perhaps final installment of The Summer of LeBronmay be the most unpredictable yet. Limited cap room among the league’s contenders means teams jockeying for position to challenge the Warriors will have to get creative, and player movement will be at an all-time high. Teams will have to take unprecedented risks without knowing if they’ll eventually be rewarded.
The long-term futures of not just James but stars like Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul are also up in the air. They all will likely have to wait in line until James determines where he’s playing next season. James didn’t decide to take his talents to Miami until July 8. He didn’t publish his essay announcing his return to Cleveland until July 11. This year’s decision could loom until mid-July. The big players in free agency will be put on hold until then. The league waits for no one, except its King.