LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

However, the move has never seemed more possible than it is right now.

Philadelphia would offer the chance to play alongside National Basketball Association top rookie Ben Simmons of Australia as well as young star Joel Embiid while a Houston deal could see him join James Harden and Chris Paul.

The Lakers are also looking at trading for Kawhi Leonard, which could sway James.

Let's take a look at what the Lakers roster and starting lineup would look like if James signed with the Lakers.

The emotional side to this is obvious, James is separating from the Cavs again (for the third time in four years) with no guarantees that he'll re-sign. James flew into L.A. after a family vacation in the Caribbean.

James has given the Cleveland Cavaliers notice and is opting out the final year of his contract which is worth a reported $35.6 million. They have the cap space to add other big free agents and the King has two homes in LA.

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"If the Lakers can close the deal in that meeting, they have a great chance of stealing LeBron James away from the Cavaliers". Cleveland was overmatched but James had the Cavs in position to steal Game 1 before a late-game missed free throw by George Hill and mental meltdown by Cavs forward J.R. Smith, who dribbled out the final seconds of regulation thinking his team was leading, led to an overtime loss.

Tom Withers of the Associated Press reported on Saturday that James will not drag out the free agent process and that he has all the information he needs. The Lakers, 76ers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have all reportedly held talks with San Antonio.

If the Lakers somehow fail to land any of those three players, their championship odds will quickly plummet.

As the window nears for LeBron James to let the Cleveland Cavaliers know if he will become a free agent, speculation is at an all-time high.

But the fans at r/NBA will likely be keeping an eye on the plane that (likely) brought LeBron James to Los Angeles to see if there are any stops in Houston, Philadelphia, or Cleveland.

But Vardon reports that James is enamored with the Lakers. It is a decision that the 33-year-old didn't have to make until Friday's midnight deadline.

According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, James will officially become a free agent by turning down his contract option for next season. He averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assist in 82 games last season.

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