The NBA season is in the home stretch with a month and a half left until the playoffs, making each game more and more meaningful. LeBron James made history last night by becoming the first player in league history to record 30,000 career points, 8,000 career rebounds, and 8,000 career assists, but there are lingering questions about his future with the Cleveland Cavaliers beyond this season. We have the latest on that story and more in today's NBA News & Rumors Roundup:
LeBron James looking at schools in Philadelphia?
The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to pursue James in free agency this offseason, and it appears that some mutual interest exists between the sides. According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Alaa Abdelnaby, James spent part of the All-Star break looking to private schools in Philadelphia for his kids.
“I’ve told this to a few other people, and I have no problem saying this, my brother lives in the Philadelphia area and he told me that LeBron, last week through a superintendent, was in the area checking out some private schools during the All-Star break,” Abdelnaby said.
James' kids are already enrolled in school in Los Angeles, which is why many thought the Lakers were the frontrunners to sign him away from Cleveland. If this report is true, it's clear that the Sixers are very serious players in the mix.
Philadelphia may present LeBron his best chance at long-term success. The 76ers have the second-youngest roster in the league, headlined by a pair of superstars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and have enough cap space to sign him to a max contract.
James is expected to decline the $34.6 million player option on his contract for next season in order to explore free agency. A number of other teams, specifically the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers, are planning to pursue him on the open market.
He is averaging 26.7 points, 9.0 assists, and 8.4 rebounds per game this season.
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Doc Rivers going to the Knicks next season?
The New York Knicks are widely expected to part ways with head coach Jeff Hornacek this offseason, and if they do, there's a good chance they could lure Doc Rivers away from the Clippers, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
But according to a former Rivers associate, it’s not far-fetched for the one-time Knicks guard to have interest in the team’s coaching job if Jeff Hornacek, who has one year left on his contract, is let go after the season.
“Doc enjoyed his time there,’’ the former associate said. “He respects the city, he respects the organization.’’
Rivers, who has coached the Clippers since the start of the 2013-14 season, played for the Knicks from 1992-1994.
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Dwyane Wade contemplating retirement
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is coming off the bench for the first time in his career this season and is averaging career-lows across the board, and that decline in play has him contemplating retiring this offseason.
“I don’t know,” Wade said. “I have told everybody around me that I am taking it after this season and go from there. It’s the first year I’ve ever went into the summer with that mind-set. I always went into it as a free agent or opting out of a deal to get another deal. This is the first summer I can say I’m just going into the summer and see how I feel and see the position this organization is in and go from there. I’m not really concerned with it, honestly. I’m cool with whatever I decide to do. It will be my decision.”
Wade, who was dealt from the Cavs at the trade deadline, is averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.Back to the NBA Newsfeed