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Report: LeBron James Will Likely Consider 5 Teams In Free Agency

LeBron James standing at center court with his arms crossed.

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 09: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on March 9, 2016 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LeBron James is a couple of days away from hitting the free agency market (or, a couple of days away from opting into the final year of his contract and hitting the potential sign-and-trade market0).

At this point, there appears to be just a handful of teams in contention to land him. There are two that are standing out, two more that could be legitimate contenders, and one potential dark-horse in the race.'s Joe Vardon has the latest on James' upcoming decision. He believes there are four teams James will "likely" consider and then one more that he could.

The four frontrunners: Cavs, Lakers, Sixers, Rockets.

The potential dark-horse: Spurs.


When it comes down to it, the Cavs, Lakers, Sixers and Rockets are his most likely destinations as a free agent. They are the four teams that could:

A. Realistically pay James a maximum salary;

B. Reach an acceptable level of competition for him;

C. In two cases (Cleveland and L.A.), satisfy his family concerns;

D. Have some combination of these three things and an allure for him to play there.

The San Antonio Spurs would probably be the fifth team on this list. They have no cap space, but if James wanted to go there they could pull off a sign-and-trade to acquire him.

This makes sense. To many, though, it'd be a pretty big surprise if James ends up going somewhere other than Cleveland or Los Angeles.

ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst doesn't believe Houston is in serious contention. He thinks it'll be either Cleveland or Los Angeles. Those are really the only two cities that make sense for his family.

The Cavs' roster setup might not be that much of a negative, either. A trade for Kemba Walker could be in the works, too.

We'll know a lot more about James' decision soon. His contract deadline is Friday at midnight. If he opts in, he'll either be staying with Cleveland or pursuing a sign and trade. If LeBron opts out, he could sign a max contract with the Cavs, Lakers or Sixers.