But by then, it was too late. The Cavaliers had already traded the point guard to the Celtics, leaving LeBron in the driver’s seat.
It won’t be LeBron’s last chance to find a teammate worth deferring to. LeBron can opt out this summer.
I’ve been told by somebody that would know that LeBron wants to play off the ball.
I’m talking about LeBron going to Philly and playing like more of a true small forward.
What I was told is LeBron has done that, because he’s never really had a teammate who was a playmaker for other guys.
Know who doesn’t? The Cavs, who require LeBron to create so much for himself and his teammates.
There are really two questions at play here:
Does LeBron actually want to play off the ball? Rumors like this can easily get overstated.
Does LeBron think he actually wants to play off the ball? This is probably the more important question. LeBron might shift into old habits once he tries to play off the ball. Many stars struggle to transition into a complementary role. But if this is what he thinks he wants, that could factor into his upcoming free agency.
Managing LeBron’s role next season might be tricky. It’s far more important just to get him on your team first.