The best player in the NBA, LeBron James has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat and is now a free agent. And until we learn the outcome of The Decision 2.0, everything has come to a halt.
Teams and agents agree: Outside of role players now, the market is frozen until Miami’s free agents and Carmelo Anthony make decisions.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
Where he signs is almost as important as for how much, because according to the oddsmakers at CarbonSports.ag, the odds of a team winning an NBA title increase dramatically with the addition of King James.
For example, the Philadelphia 76ers won 19 games last season and are a 600-to-1 shot to win the NBA championship in 2015. That improves to 20-to-1 if LeBron takes his talents to the City of Brotherly Love.
Oklahoma City would instantly become the favorite at 8-to-5 if LeBron teamed up with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
“The two best players playing together, this might not be low enough,” says Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.
If LeBron decides to join the Washington Wizards, they would see their odds chances go from a 40-to-1 long shot to among the favorites at 5-to-1.
Here is how the rest of the NBA would see their chances improve with the best player in the NBA on their squad.