This will NOT happen. I repeat, this will not happen. Or at least I’m 99.9% sure. But if the greatest player of all time can play for the Washington Wizards, anything is possible. Here is why LeBron James should definitely take his talents to the nation’s capital.
Washington can’t offer LeBron James a max deal, but for a player who makes over $40 million in endorsements per year, he can certainly stomach a pay cut to make his way to the team where his talents will best be allocated. The starting lineup would read as follows: John Wall, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Nene, and Marcin Gortat. Regardless of whether Carmelo Anthony signs with the Bulls or not (unlikely), this Wizards team would be the clear favorite in the East. Wall and Beal grew up last season, and LeBron James has been on record saying “When John Wall is healthy, they are a very, very good team.” Wall and LeBron James on the break would be a thing of beauty; the fast break is the strongest part of each of their games, and watching them feed off of each other would be incredible. Combine that with the open three point looks LeBron James would create for Beal and the open midrange jumpers for Nene, and this would be a very difficult offense to stop. Not to mention a legitimate pick and roll partner in Marcin Gortat. Defensively, LeBron James would avoid a lot of the wear and tear he picked up in Miami; with Nene’s and Gortat’s physicality, James would be able to defend smaller players for the most part.
In an interview before the 2008 Olympics, LeBron James was asked to name his favorite American cities. Number one was New York City, and number 2? You guessed it, Washington D.C. Technically, D.C. is not a city, but I can forgive LeBron James for this slight. Besides the “city” itself, Washington has a distinct advantage over several other teams such as the LA Lakers; The Wizards play in the Eastern conference. This will allow LeBron James a clearer path to another NBA Finals appearance, avoiding the likes of the Spurs, Thunder, and Clippers.
In February 2012, John Wall dropped a double-double on the Heat in a losing effort. For those of you who forgot, here is what happened during the aftermath of the game.
After the game, James is seen covering his mouth and whispering something to Wall. No one could possibly know what was said, but to me, it looks like a recruiting pitch, whereby LeBron James understands the potential of teaming up with Wall. LeBron James regularly posts photos on Instagram where he is spending time with teammates off the court, be it at the pool, at the gym, or even team dinners, which is why this is so important. James is not Kobe Bryant and he is not Michael Jordan. While the latter two demanded excellence from their teammates and were ruthless in their pursuit of winning, LeBron James is more laid back and he befriends many of his teammates. He definitely seems to like Wall, and the best part of it is that Wall would be mature enough to take a backseat to LeBron James. While he and Wade clashed at first, there would be no such adjustment period, as Wall has no qualms about playing the decoy at times such as when Beal has the hot hand.
Most importantly of all, LeBron James will finally be able to fill the void of a bald Eastern European big man that he has so desperately missed. He and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were very close, but LeBron James and Gortat together seems like the perfect match. Gortat is intense on the court and extremely lighthearted off of it, something LeBron James would surely appreciate. Oh, and one last thing about camaraderie: Dan Gilbert does not own the Wizards.
(Editor’s note: This is obviously all very hypothetical. There are no rumors about LeBron James coming to Washington, but hey, it’s fun to dream. At least Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016…)