LeBron James: 8 Free Agency Destinations

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LeBron James

May 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Indiana Pacers in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

And just like that, the 2014 free agency landscape was flipped on its head. With the news this morning that LeBron James will opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, NBA general managers may already be lining up in the streets to make their sales pitch. Have you ever driven to a used auto dealership looking for a new car and seen the dealers eyeing you and following your car up and down the rows just in case you decide to get out and enlist their help?

That’s what this summer is going to be like for LeBron James, only if those salesmen started banging on the doors and windows trying to pry him from the vehicle.

It’s still entirely possible LeBron James isn’t going anywhere and merely making a move that could allow the Heat to retool their roster for another championship run. But it’s also possible LeBron is ready to move on and put himself in a better position to win more titles. With so many teams interested in his services (and because speculating is just so much damn fun) here are LeBron’s most prominent free agency destinations, in no particular order.

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  • thomas rickard

    THANK YOU LEBRON, no matter where you land, you are going to make this off season interesting

  • thomas rickard

    LeBron isn’t probably going to be a laker, but maybe he’ll decide to take over the mantle following kobe, but I think the best thing he’ll do for them, is by creating a need for other teams to dump cap, all of a sudden Nash becomes a hot trading chip as people look to stretch him, and save 6mil plus.

  • Nathan Giese

    Dwight Howard didn’t want to play for the Lakers. There, I said it for you.

    • J Taylor

      Howard didn’t have the emotional maturity to play in LA.

      • Nathan Giese

        because maturity was the reason why he didn’t to not return. Logical

      • Giovanni

        You mean Kobe ran him out of town.

  • J Taylor

    “Kobe’s final days of being elite are behind him…”
    The LA front office bet $25M that you are wrong.
    When the #1 player in the world slows down, he’s still a top 10 player. It’s like the world expects him to be Adam Morrison or something…… wow….

    • http://hoopshabit.com Gerald Bourguet

      I never said he still can’t be a productive player. But elite? Give me a break. And it doesn’t matter what the LA front office bet. If that’s truly the reason they gave him $25M (and not loyalty), I SHOULD have bet them. I’d be $25M richer.

      • Giovanni

        Exactly. Delusional Lakers fans think Kobe is still elite. They’re in for a rude awakening.

    • Giovanni

      Kobe didn’t look very elite during the games he did play this past season. He looked like he lost a couple of steps. Kobe hasn’t been the #1 player in the world in 6 years. LeBron surpassed him a long time ago. Plus, everyone knows that extension was idiotic. The LA front office just flushed $50 million down the toilet and killed any chance of rebuilding their once great franchise. Welcome to a decade of irrelevance Lakers fan

  • Giovanni

    He’s staying in Miami.

  • coachj

    Suns defense has improved and Bledsoe and Dragic are actually very good defenders. Play Tucker at the 3 and James at the point 4 with a Plumlee/Len/Morris rotation and that is one pretty tough team on both ends of the floor.

    Doesn’t matter anyway because I would give the Suns a -50% chance of landing him, if that were even possible.