Chandler Parson has, in his view, the best way for LeBron James to end his career.
With former Cleveland Cavaliers icon LeBron James contemplating retirement, just about everyone and their brother have come out of the woodwork with their opinion on the matter. Ranging from conspiracy theories, that this is just James’ way of forcing the Los Angeles Lakers to make moves, to fantasy booking how he leaves the league.
Like Nick Wright’s awful take, where he states because Bronny James, LeBron James’ son, is heading to USC, and Evan Mobley went to USC, that somehow gives the Cavs the inside track to land LeBron James one more time.
A truly tepid take.
Yet, Chandler Parsons, former Houston Rocket and Dallas Mavericks forward, has come out with his own take on LeBron James’ potential retirement, speaking on theFanDuel TV show, “Run it Back”, saying;
"I can’t help but think that the Cleveland Cavaliers have a first-round pick when Bronny is eligible and just be a perfect storm where he could go back home, play with his son where he grew up. That would probably be the biggest accomplishment LeBron has ever done, which is saying a lot because the guy has seen it all and done it all."
The problem with the idea of drafting Bronny James will forever revolve around his actual talent. It’s been a constant debate if he’s a quality NBA prospect or not, and that answer has seemingly changed by the season. Parsons touches on that as well, saying;
"I will say, at first, I was rolling my eyes about the whole Bronny James thing, but the kid can play. He’s athletic, and he’s only going to get better, so I do think that he will be a prospect. I do also think that if LeBron continues to play the way he is playing, which I don’t see him slowing down anytime, a team will take a flier on Bronny just to get the opportunity to grab LeBron for multiple reasons, for his game, and for everything that comes with it like jersey sales, attendance, and people coming to the games."
Does it make sense for the Cleveland Cavaliers to plan for LeBron James returning?
Who knows what James is going to do. He was very adament about playing on the same team as his father, and that may happen. He was also very clear, for the first time in his career, that he may be done with basketball on a professional level. For the Cavs to go into the 2024 NBA Draft looking to take Bronny James, an undersized point guard, just for the chance of landing his father would be madness.
Firstly, the Cavs can’t wait another year to fill their hole at small forward and if they’re able to land someone of merrit, LeBron James or not, you’re not going to just get rid of a good player, who fits with the team’s timeline for LeBron James at 40.
That just doesn’t make sense. Not to mention, James’ willl likely come with a massive contract, that the Cavs just can’t afford. Now, if he takes less to play with Bronny, then that could work out well for all parties involved, but it doesn’t seem likely that everything the Cavs need to go there way will.
Sure, if things all come together for a perfect storm, where Bronny ends up in Clevelanad, the Cavs still land a solid starting small forward and James comes in on a super cheap deal, then so be it. But James isn’t a guy who you can build a team around anymore and he sure isn’t the type of talent you sacrifice an entire year to sign.