Lakers have 'inside track' to signing LeBron James

Jackson A look back — Le Bron and keeping secrets

Jackson A look back — Le Bron and keeping secrets

With reports surfacing that King James' preferred destination would be with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers could also be on LeBron's radar.

It is possible a combination of Harden, James and Paul could win a title, but the chances of it happening seem very slim.

The four-time MVP will easily headline a stellar free agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins and others.

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According to ESPN, he could still fetch as much as US$207 million over five years from Cleveland, while other teams can offer a maximum US$152 million over four years.

James already has some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company.

A league source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN that the franchise has found it hard to plan for its full team around James with the way he has approached his free agency, which could manifest itself in hesitancy by free agents or trade partners to complete deals with Cleveland in the interim.

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In the meantime, without James or Love on the books, and the likelihood of being free from paying Hill, Korver, or JR Smith in 2019, the Cavs could have significant salary space to start to retool. He could opt out and re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

James had until Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET to opt out of the final year of his existing deal with the Cavaliers.

As of Saturday afternoon, the city of Cleveland is on edge as it waits to learn whether LeBron James will leave in free agency, or return to the Cavs.

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The belief is that no meetings are scheduled with any teams at this time, with James' agent Rich Paul preferring to conduct all business over the phone. Since the departure of Kobe Bryant the Lakers have struggled to find their championship identity, failing to make the playoffs for the last few seasons. Both Vardon and ESPN's Zach Lowe disputed that report. If the Sixers make that trade, they probably wouldn't be able to add James, as well. Even at the age of 33, James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game in 2017-18.

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