Houston and Los Angeles, among others, are also listed as the favorites. With a bit of a logjam at certain positions and some heavy contracts on the books, it won't be easy to rearrange the roster around James.
"Next year, we'll think about that later", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
"Not for me to answer that question", he said. James might have played his final game for the Cavaliers.
Cleveland can't jump wildly into the free-agent pool, as the organization is now $38.5 million over the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season, according to Sportrac (and that's assuming James plays for at least his $35 million option).
James exited the floor with four minutes left on the clock to a standing from the home crowd. He departed in 2010 for Miami before returning in 2014. But we'll get it done. Recalling how the Warriors blew a 3-1 Finals lead to James and the Cavs in 2016, Kerr said, "We lost in Game 7 to Cleveland, and that was devastating".
"It was definitely the toughest", Kerr said in comparing the three championships. "Getting up every day, going to work with these guys, it's incredible".
Kevin Durant recorded his first career playoff triple-double in Game 4 as he finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and a steal on Friday. "This is about the journey". "Because of the course of the regular season, it was just like, I don't know". It's good for you to be around guys like this. It's a journey that's better than the destination.
"I really just am happy to be a champ again". The Warriors used a 11-0 run from 10:37 to 8:24 to propel a 34-25 advantage in the quarter. The Cavaliers' largest lead in Game 4 was one point. The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half.
James struck for 51 points in the opener, the fifth-best game total in finals history but it was a post-game punch out of frustration, into a blackboard according to ESPN, that caused the injury. James was removed with 4:03 remaining and congratulated the Warriors before taking a seat on the bench.
James continued to put up stellar numbers in Game 2, scoring 29 points, handing out 13 dimes and shooting 50 percent from three-point range in a 122-113 loss.