Meltser: LeBron To Rockets "Legitimate"

With free agency looming, LeBron James could join Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston 

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 30, 2018 - 9:26 am

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The Houston Rockets came close to beating Golden State in the Western Conference Finals but ultimately fell short. Now LeBron James will get his chance against the defending champs in the NBA Finals.

If James falls short – and even if he doesn’t – don’t be surprised if James and the Rockets join forces next season.

“I think given that Chris Paul is here, it’s legitimate,” Houston’s SportsRadio 610 host Mike Meltser said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think it’s a possibility, but I don’t think it will happen. I don’t think it’s the craziest thing in the world. Crazier things have happened. But ultimately, due to the fact that LeBron has no ties to Houston and the main thing that would attract him is quote-unquote only Chris Paul, I don’t think it will happen. But I do think it is still a possibility as we head into the offseason in a few weeks.”

Of course, before the Rockets can convince James to come to Houston, they need to re-sign Paul, who averaged 18.6 points, 7.9 assists and 5.4 rebounds this season.

“Chris Paul is a great player, but he’s a great player with a big flaw: he gets hurt,” Meltser said. “The Rockets have a chance to give Chris Paul a super-max deal of five years and $200 million. That sounds like a scary proposition as I say that out loud. I think what will end up happening – this is just my feeling – I think the Rockets will give Chris Paul the max, but it might be more feasible as a two- or three-year deal, which might be better for both the team and the player.”

Adding James to the Paul-Harden mix would be quite the coup for general manager Daryl Morey, as James is averaging 34.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the playoffs.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.