Antoine Walker has an idea for where LeBron James should play next season.
“You’re going to think I’m crazy, but if I was him, I’m going to Boston,” Walker said on FS1’s “First Things First” Wednesday. “I’m going to Boston. I mean, Kevin Durant did it. Kevin Durant joined the best. The best team in the Eastern Conference right now would be the Boston Celtics. I would figure out a way to Boston if I’m LeBron James.”
Several teams are rumored to be in the mix as potential destinations for James, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Possible landing spots include the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers, but Walker argues Boston would be the best option.
“If I’m Danny Ainge, I’m taking a shot at it,” Walker said. “I want to even the playing field. If LeBron James is free, I want to even the playing field and that’s how you even the playing field.”
If James does not join the Celtics but stays in the Eastern Conference, Walker said he is still going to be hard to beat — “even with Boston 100-percent healthy.”
“It’s hard to go against LeBron not being the favorite in the East,” Walker said.
The Celtics’ two most recent playoff runs both ended at the hands of James and the Cavaliers, but the highly anticipated returns of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward have many thinking next year will be different.
Despite Walker’s recommendation, there are a multitude of reasons why it is unlikely the Celtics will pursue James this offseason. Even if Boston is off the table, Walker said staying in the East is still the best path for James to win another title.
“I do like the situation in Philly because they got some young players,” he said. “LeBron needs to be around some youth. He cannot continue to extend the energy he’s extended throughout the regular season. What he did this year was obviously a miracle. It’s incredible. All credit to him and his conditioning. But asking him to continue to do that in year 16, 17, and 18, it’s going to be impossible.”