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The 7 Teams LeBron James Will Reportedly Consider In Free Agency

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Golden State Warriors.

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 16: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LeBron James said after Game 4 of the NBA Finals that he had no idea what he was going to do in free agency this summer. Here's the latest on his upcoming decision.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent. It's also possible he could opt into that year and force a trade somewhere else (like Chris Paul did with the Clippers and Rockets last summer).

Very little concrete information about James' thought process has been reported. Here's everything that we know so far.

James could reportedly consider these 7 teams

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, though, has named 7 teams that he believes James will consider. It's not a very surprising list.

He said the following on ESPN's First Take:

“LeBron James is going to have a conversation with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Obviously they can offer him the most, and they are willing to do anything they can to keep him here, etc. etc. And obviously the wife is going to have a major, major say in that, so you got that going on.

“He’s going to have a conversation with Boston. He’s going to have a conversation with Philly. Obviously the Lakers. Houston is in the mix as well. They are going to go after him. Make no mistake about it.

“So, you’ve got Cleveland, Philly, Boston, Houston, L.A., Golden State. I don’t think there’s anything Miami can do, but obviously because he was there and brought them two championships, that’s a conversation that Pat Riley will have. You’ve got to remember Pat Riley made amends with Dwyane Wade, and you all know how LeBron feels about D-Wade. These are all conversations he’s going to have. Those are the seven teams.”

Houston has been named the new favorite to sign James, according to Vegas. The Lakers and the Sixers are the other two non-Cavs teams getting the most hype.

Free agency begins on July 1, but a decision could come sooner than that

Free agency doesn't officially start until July 1, but if James decides to go the sign-and-trade route, it could happen a lot sooner. Paul was traded from L.A. to Houston a couple of days before free agency began last summer.