Why LeBron James' NBA 2K19 Cover Could Mean He's Leaving Cleveland

Doug Mendoza
June 14, 2018

One minute, the NBA Finals were a drama-free sweep, with the Warriors simply superior to LeBron James' undermanned Cavaliers team that had just fallen in Game 4 on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. The previous nadir was a 32.1 for Game 2 in 2016 - a 33-point Warriors victory. Here are the pieces to the puzzle that was the Warriors' 2018 championship run. Having taken place on a Friday night, ratings themselves weren't necessarily going to match up with games that are played during the week or on Sundays.

For the third time in four years, the Warriors are champions of the National Basketball Association world.

Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing. All around them were Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala and a succession of Warriors who ran around and harassed Cleveland's shooters enough to make life hard. It's just that's the talent we have, and that's the experience we've gained.

For the Cavs, it could mean that they could get something for their best asset even if he decides to leave.

Kevin Durant's huge Game 3 performance led the Warriors to a 110-102 win and put Golden State on the brink of sweeping LeBron James and the Cavs, who had a 13-point lead in the first half but had no answers for the Warriors in the fourth quarter. "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short, and I thought that's what our group of guys did in this series", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue lamented.

"When you feel like you are really good at your craft, it's always great to be around other great minds and other great ballplayers", James said.

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"James stands to make about $35 million next season whether he opts out or not". He's averaged 37.7 points per game to go along with 9 rebounds and 10.7 assists. You don't just have to assemble a roster that can challenge Golden State, but you have to do it at close to their price. "I knew that question would come, but I like to be here".

Love 'em or hate 'em, there is no denying them.

As Zach Lowe of ESPN laid out, there is a possibility that Love doesn't get moved in response to James leaving Cleveland.

Moreover, Durant tallied one steal and three blocks on the defensive end. All I can tell you is we're going to sit down and do our planning on how we're going to improve the team for the future and setting ourselves up in the future.

Dragging these Cavaliers through the Eastern Conference playoffs and returning to the NBA Finals for an eighth straight time - something no one has done since Bill Russell dominated the NBA in the 1960s - ranks as one of James's greatest accomplishments.

Cleveland, Golden State, the Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the LA Lakers and the Miami Heat will have conversations with James this summer. "And we will get it done". Essentially, for certain tiers above the luxury tax, teams who qualify for the repeater will be charged a certain dollar amount multiplied by the amount of money in each tier they are over the luxury tax.

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