The 2018 NBA offseason is going to be one of the biggest ones in recent history, with superstar LeBron James once again becoming a free agent. It always causes a lot of uproar, when the King is set to make a possible move to a new team in the offseason. But there is a new contender that executives around the league believe has a very possible and legitimate chance at signing the King.

LeBron James has averaged 28.3 points, 8.7 assists, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks on 57.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent from downtown in 27 games for the Cavaliers this season.

These numbers for near 33-year-old LeBron James, in his 15th season, are making the King a very valuable piece in free agency if he wasn’t already a big deal. So he will be worth a lot of money. He is already one of the highest paid salary-wise players in the NBA, and the highest paid when you add in endorsements. But there is a Western Conference powerhouse team who likes their chances at signing ‘the chosen one’ and believe they have enough to offer the small forward.

Houston are looking to sign the King in free agency

Many people see the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers or even the Philadelphia 76ers as likely destinations for King James if he is to leave the Cavaliers in the 2018 offseason, but one team not many people have discussed the idea of is the Houston Rockets.

But recently, some anonymous team executives have spoken up to say that the Rockets are a ‘legitimate’ threat at signing the King.

USA Today’s Sam Amick came out with the news after speaking to NBA executives that shared the same opinion.

Can it actually happen?

With a 20-4 start to the 2017-18 season, and holding the best record in the Western Conference, the Rockets are certainly a team that won’t be easy for the King to overlook. Especially with good friend and Hall of Famer Chris Paul playing point guard and MVP contender James Harden at shooting guard, LeBron at small forward would make this team scary good: Surrounded by great shooters including Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson too, with three of the best playmakers in the league.

The Houston Rockets are certainly a team that could be very dominant with the addition of King James.

But with the second highest payroll in the NBA in 2018-19, it will be hard for the Rockets to sign the King, as they will need to remove some of their talent to clear enough money to persuade the King to join them. However, at this point in his career, LeBron James isn’t focused on money, all he cares about is winning. So we will just have to wait and see what happens.