ESPN reported the number of teams James and his representatives, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, could be interested in as free agents will be small. They might jump the 76ers (+860) if James announces he's staying in Cleveland.

The 33-year-old opted out of the final year of his Cavs deal on Friday but could yet resign with his hometown club despite strong interest from the Lakers.

As many have pointed out, it wouldn't be unusual for LeBron James to be traveling to Los Angeles after his vacation ended, as he maintains an offseason home there and would likely be going there anyway.


According to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks, Cleveland can offer James a more lucrative deal than any other team - a five-year max contract in the neighborhood of $205 million.

This past week, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook pulled title futures off the board in order to wait out James' free agency decision (and possibly a Kawhi Leonard trade).

In 2014, he returned to the Cavaliers after an in-person meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.

James had until Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET to opt out of the final year of his existing deal with the Cavaliers. If the Lakers can't land Leonard, their current roster as it stands isn't enough to compete for a championship. Keep in mind, the Lakers will also be able to add some veterans willing to sign for the minimum if James end up in Los Angeles.


ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the Lakers have the "inside track" to sign James.

Only about four hours until James can be free to make a decision.

On another note, if James did in fact end up coming to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, chances are this would mean he would be attending a few football games in the fall.

He played all 82 regular-season games for the first time, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game.


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