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Report: Rockets still all-in on pursuing LeBron James

James Harden, LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives to the basket against Houston Rockets’ James Harden in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Among the teams most linked to LeBron James, the Rockets were dismissed early as a realistic option. LeBron reportedly said he didn’t like Houston as a city. There were questions whether the Rockets – with James Harden and Chris Paul – even wanted LeBron.

But don’t rule out LeBron to Houston just yet.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

According to a person with knowledge of their situation, the Rockets are still all in on pursuing James

Paul is leading Houston’s recruitment. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, obsessed with beating the Warriors, is surely plotting opt-in-and-trade constructions.

Will it be enough?

Houston offers LeBron the clearest path to a championship outside of joining Golden State, which would tarnish his legacy forever. In the scope of his life, LeBron’s window to star on a title contender is narrow. He could go to Houston and do that now. There’d still be plenty of time to live somewhere more desirable later, when LeBron’s basketball powers have diminished.

I wouldn’t bet on him picking the Rockets. But as long as they lurk in the chase, there’s a chance LeBron takes that go-for-it-now approach.