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Live chat recap: Why LeBron James won't be playing for the Thunder

by Erik Horne Published: June 24, 2014

LeBron James’ chances of playing for the Thunder? About the same as playing for the Tulsa 66ers, says Thunder writer Anthony Slater. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
LeBron James’ chances of playing for the Thunder? About the same as playing for the Tulsa 66ers, says Thunder writer Anthony Slater. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

On Tuesday, LeBron James decided to opt out of the remaining two years on his contract with the Miami Heat. The news immediately sent the NBA world into hysterics.

What will LeBron do? Where will he play next?

Not Oklahoma City (but one can dream). It’s well known that only a few teams have a legitimate shot of adding James in free agency, but Thunder writer Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat today to clarify the chances of James coming to OKC.

Shawn: “I’m not asking should they or would they, but what I want to know is if there is any conceivable way the Thunder could even work up the cap room to get LeBron. Amnestying Perk would be a start, but could they do enough after that to make it theoretically possible (outside of trading one of the big 3)?”

Anthony Slater: “Not unless LeBron was basically willing to take the mid-level exception. OKC has a ton of money locked up to its key guys: KD ($20 mil), Westbrook ($16 mil), Ibaka ($12.25 mil). So even if they wanted to strip the rest of their roster bare, they wouldn’t have near enough. LeBron has as good a chance of playing for the Tulsa 66ers as the Thunder next season.”

So, there’s that.

For what it’s worth, here’s what the readers on the live chat thought about LeBron’s next landing spot – it’s Miami (shocker).


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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