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This NBA Star Is Already "Recruiting" LeBron James To His Team

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)

The recruiting of LeBron James to another NBA team has been taking place for a while, but with free agency set to begin officially in about a month, it's certainly starting to heat up.

Which NBA team is going to sign the league's best player this summer? There appear to be a couple of major contenders.

The Cavs, of course, are one of them, and if they can pull out a miraculous NBA Finals win over Golden State, he'd almost certainly have to stay put in Ohio.

Philadephia, Houston and Los Angeles are likely the other favorites.

One NBA star has reportedly already begun recruiting James to his team.

The New York Times' Marc Stein that Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul has already begun recruiting James:

Don’t get me wrong: There will still be plenty of talk over the next two weeks about what James will do July 1 and the growing belief that he’ll be leaving his home-state Cavaliers this offseason to join a team better suited to consistently challenge Golden State. Rest assured that the Rockets’ understandably devastated Chris Paul — who made a fast exit from Toyota Center late Monday night after being forced to watch the biggest game of his life from the bench because of his hamstring injury — has already begun his recruitment of James to Houston.

James on the Rockets would be fascinating. Houston would likely have to shed most of its players in order to make that happen, but a LeBron-Harden-Paul trio would be ridiculously fun to watch on offense.

Free agency begins on July 1.