NBA free agency doesn’t start until Sunday, but goddamn is the LeBron James rumor mill churning along at a fevered pace. One minute he’s spotted touring private schools on the Main Line for his kids, the next he’s filming commercials that 100% confirm he’s signing with the Lakers.
What can you believe? WHO can you believe? The rumors are everywhere, they’re nonstop, and most are so steeped in bullshit it makes Mike Missanelli want to scream at his producer all over again.
Let’s face it, in all likelihood he’ll probably just sign with the Lakers, along with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they’ll lose in seven games to the Warriors in the Western Conference championship, and the Warriors will sweep the DeMar DeRozan led 76ers to cap off their three-peat.
But what’s the fun in that? We can all hope against hope that he goes somewhere else, can’t we? Besides, there are SO MANY juicy rumors swirling around the ether that at least one has to have some credence, correct? We need to do a deep dive into the gritty, all-encompassing LeBron rumors floating around social media, namely Twitter, to see if we can decipher what’s out there to believe, and what’s out there that just may not be true in the slightest.
Let’s go LeBron rumor hunting and see what we can find.
ESPN analyst Brian Windhorst is the logical place to start on our journey. Windhorst is always silently skulking around LeBron, like a pilot fish feasting on the bacteria and fecal matter emanating from a great white shark, and he’ll surely give us the insights we need to decipher LeBron’s next destination:
Brian Windhorst says there is a “51 Percent” chance LeBron James goes to the Los Angeles Lakers pic.twitter.com/uxfjTiLnM0
— Sportsbook #MyBookie (@betmybookie) June 23, 2018
I like those odds! 51% would make the Lakers the favorite if you believe this non-confirmed, non-linked and non-referenced quote attributed to Windhorst from a strange bookie account nobody has ever heard of. It’s a great starting point, but I’m sure we can do better than that, can’t we Windy?
— Cavs Nation (@CavsNationNet) June 26, 2018
Rumors on the NUMBER of people who know where LeBron is going to go? Collar your hubris, Windy, for nobody can truly know what lurks inside of a man.
God this is great. The only thing that could make this better is a good old fashioned dark horse team flung into the mix…
Brian Windhorst said the Mavs could be a dark horse for Lebron… we’re definitely not getting him but the fact that we’re even mentioned means we’re on the come up 😭😭😭
— Danny Boy (@DannyThomas94) June 26, 2018
— Jason (@okstate819) June 26, 2018
THANK YOU WINDHORST. Be still my beating heart, I do love a good dark horse team. Why wouldn’t LeBron want to go to the glitz and glamour of Dallas to play out his twilight years? Why, it’s not as if the franchise and its owner are embroiled in a massive sexual harassment scandal involving dozens upon dozens of former female employees that could completely overshadow the final years of one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game.
Nope, nothing like that in sight. He’s definitely signing with Dallas.
The Lakers are still going after LeBron, and now someone new 👀https://t.co/ardcKJMsF4
— Bleacher Report (@BIeacherReporrt) June 23, 2018
Wait a minute, a mystery PLAYER?! That’s better than a mystery team! And if you totally don’t read the headline of the story linked into the tweet or look at the other player with LeBron in the picture you’ll be COMPLETELY SURPRISED as to who that mystery player could be!
The only other thing that could completely confirm LeBron to the Lakers would be….
#LeBron James LA #Lakers jerseys have officially been spotted. Could this be a sign that LeBron is going to sign in LA? There have been rumors of Bronny committing to a Sierra Canyon High School although nothing has been officially confirmed. #NBA #NBAFreeAgency #FreeAgency pic.twitter.com/wUkVryStfT
— LukaDoncicFans.com (@LukadoncicfansC) June 24, 2018
— Cane & Ice Show (@Cane_Ice) June 20, 2018
LeBron jerseys already on the rack. Kawhi too?! He’s signing with L.A. No doubt about it. The Cane and Ice show has confirmed the reports and have cracked this cold case wide open. Chisel it in stone, LeBron is GUARANTEED to sign with the Lakers if they can convince the Spurs that Lonzo Ball and his helicopter dad will be LESS of a distraction than Kawhi. I’m sure the famously flexible Gregg Popovich will welcome the Ball family to San Antonio with open arms and a long leash. Perfectly fair trade if the Lakers throw in that extra first round pick they don’t have.
He’s definitely going to L.A., unless….
Rumor is that LeBron may stay with the #Cavs and is actively recruiting players to join his team.
— RealWorldSports (@RealWorldSports) June 24, 2018
TALKING SPORTS UPDATE….
Rumors out of Cleveland indicates the King LeBron James will re-sign with Cleveland.
KEVIN LOVE & COLLIN SEXTON TO THE SPURS FOR K. LEONARD.
— The Legend (@Legendisland) June 23, 2018
OH MY GOD we all forgot about Cleveland, didn’t we? The city is rising out of the ashes of the Cuyahoga River like a glorious, trash covered, smelly phoenix that lucked into one of the greatest basketball players that has ever lived not once, but TWICE. They’re looking to make it a Devil’s threesome with LeBron and 100% resting all their hopes that he doesn’t have the energy to pack up his home and move again.
Cleveland it is! Or maybe….
Rumors that LeBron James was spotted in Salt Lake City scouting out high schools for his sons to attend pic.twitter.com/NuVXvsaFCt
— Eric Lilly (@EricLilly7) June 24, 2018
Utah?! Wait a minute….grainy photo of someone who may or may not be LeBron, wearing a hat that very slightly appears to be for the Jazz, and TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS for his sons?! Couple that with LeBron’s notorious love for the Mormon religion and his hatred of alcohol and you’ve got a rumor stew going, baby.
This son of a bitch is definitely hitting up all of those great jazz clubs in Utah after a long day of spreading the good word about Mormonism next season. Case closed, unless there’s some other form of social media we’re completely overlooking….
Lebron fueled rumors that he's going to Philly with what he's been doing on Instagram 👀 https://t.co/2cD08L9GEl
— Hoops Tribune (@HoopsTribuneNBA) June 19, 2018
INSTAGRAM. WE FORGOT ABOUT HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. And apparently he’s “liking” photos from Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid like a tween girl fawning over the latest vaping video or whatever the kids are into these days. If the guy running LeBron’s Instagram account has any say in the matter, he’s definitely signing with the 76ers.
Unless, of course, this has all just been a huge smokescreen for something else… something much, much bigger….
— Heroic Hollywood (@heroichollywood) June 27, 2018
You have to be kidding me. It’s all so clear now. The buzz, the fervor, the rumors, the attention….it’s all been leading up to this moment, the debut of the trailer for Space Jam 2. He’s retiring from the NBA to focus on acting and has plans to leave his wife for Space Jam 2 co-star Lola Bunny.
You do you, LeBron. Can’t wait for this movie to come out.
BREAKING: Sources saying that Lebron’s wife is touring Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City today pic.twitter.com/g9RFxo1aig
— Barstool OK State (@BarstoolOKST) June 25, 2018
things oklahoma has that LA does not:
not lavar ball
a golden driller statue
— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) June 26, 2018
Get the fuck out of here, he’s not going to Oklahoma City.