LeBron's Interest in Joining the Lakers is Strong

LeBron James: Wait, he didn’t text Kevin Durant with tempting offer?

LeBron James: Wait, he didn’t text Kevin Durant with tempting offer?

It remains to be seen whether James is simply there to stay in his family home or in fact to hold conversations with the Lakers.

Without any additional roster moves, losing James via free agency would drop the team below the league's $123 million luxury tax line, which would save owner Dan Gilbert from paying further tax penalties and give the Cavs more flexibility in acquiring players.

The Lakers have always been rumored as a possible landing spot for James for the last several months with the move to opt out of it sends a clear signal that the franchise is in the picture as a strong option to land him.

Free agency begins at 12:01 am eastern on Sunday and now the question is what team will Lebron go to?

According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, James will officially become a free agent by turning down his contract option for next season. And although the two sides have been in touch since the Cavs were swept by the Warriors in the NBA Finals, no face-to-face meeting is imminent. Team personnel were unable to reach him that summer to consult him on what he wanted.

By opting out, the 76ers, Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers appear to be his likely destinations in free agency. Their 16 National Basketball Association titles is second only to the Boston Celtics, and with hall of fame player and former Laker point guard Magic Johnson in charge, the Lakers are as enticing as ever to free agents. James apparently told the Cleveland Cavaliers he will not exercise his 2018-19 player option of receiving $35.6 million.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years. If the Sixers make that trade, they probably wouldn't be able to add James, as well. It doesn't mean he won't return to the Cavaliers.

While the common belief is that James will sign a long-term deal, he could do the same thing he's been doing since rejoining the Cavs.

Cleveland can offer the most money, and the Cavs are, after all, James' hometown team. In the long run, Los Angeles' wild success is riding on whether or not they land a star. In each those two cases, James or his representatives met with several teams. He finished second to Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the MVP voting.

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