The Lakers are considered an early favorite to land James because they have created enough cap space to sign him and another young player, like Oklahoma City's Paul George, to a max contract.
LeBron James informed the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday he was opting out of the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent and altering the potential number of teams he could join this summer. George, who is from Los Angeles and will be a free agent as he is expected not to opt-in to his option with the Thunder, seems like a more realistic possibility to play for the Lakers. But while Cleveland will face stiff competition in trying to bring James back, Gilbert reportedly has grown comfortable with the idea of the greatest player in franchise history finding a new home.
James, 3-6 in the finals, left Cleveland in 2010 for the Miami Heat, where he won two titles and twice lost in the finals before returning to the Cavs in 2014 with a vow to make them champions. Those don't make much sense for James.
That said, LeBron James' best option might be to take that "1+1" again. Still, LeBron could head to Los Angeles first and worry about the roster later, as Sporting News' Sean Deveney has previously reported. Any other suitor can offer a four-year pact worth $152 million. A lot of people don't believe this; a lot of people think we had this already set up.
"For me, it wasn't about money", Wade said.
The big question all season has been whether the Akron native will leave Cleveland again and it's nearly time for him to provide us with an answer.
I know what you're thinking: If you can't trust Stephen A., who can you trust? If James had opted in, he could have chosen to approach this summer like Chris Paul did past year, and essentially force his way onto a team through a trade.