The Houston Rockets are aggressively pursuing a third All-Star and hope to add one this summer to join James Harden and Dwight Howard. LeBron James has yet to declare what his future holds but there is a chance he could leave the Miami Heat this summer.
In an article for ESPN, Brian Windhorst mentions what James is looking for if he were to leave Miami.
However, what is clear is that when James looks at his menu of options next month he will focus on being with a team that is built to contend for championships right now. Not in two years. Not after new teammates get their first taste of the playoffs. Now.
At age 29 and in his prime, James is not in the business of playing for a team that is still developing. He wouldn’t have much interest in losing a season while a coach is learning the ropes, either. James is very focused on adding titles and being on a team that has the expectation to be a yearly contender, essentially a situation like he’s been in for the past four seasons.
Does that not scream HOUSTON?!?
Even without LeBron James the Rockets fill those requirements. They will be a yearly championship contenders with Harden and Howard surrounded by other quality pieces. Adding James would form a more impressive “Big Three” than he had in Miami.
James Harden will be 25 and Dwight Howard will be 28 at the start of next season, and both are locked in with the Rockets for at least the next two seasons. If LeBron wants younger and better teammates, Houston would be the perfect place to make his home for the next five years.You can’t argue that Houston wouldn’t be towards the top of James’ list, if not THE top of the list. They have what James is looking for, but is James willing to leave Miami and his “Big Three”?
James could stay with the Heat another season but could also choose to leave South Beach. He has won back-to-back titles with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and is on his way towards a three-peat. If the Heat win again, it would be tough for James to leave. If they lose however, James could be looking to ditch the 32-year old Wade and leave for a younger championship contender.
Any team with LeBron James is a championship contender.
Any team with James Harden, Dwight Howard, AND LeBron James is a NBA dynasty that could rival some of the greatest teams in NBA history.