LeBron James arrives in LA, and so do the free agency questions

Tanya Simon
March 10, 2018

It doesn't bother me, I don't talk about it too much.

The rumours will only intensify as we approach free agency and it'll be hard to know exactly what LeBron's plans are as it appears that even he doesn't know what he'll do yet.

I'm still not on the Cleveland Cavaliers hype train, as this team is inconsistent and continues to get torched on the defensive end, allowing 111 points on 48 percent shooting in their last five games. But I've consistently heard from multiple league sources that LeBron now has only four teams on his list: the Cavaliers, Lakers, Rockets, and 76ers.

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In response to a question Friday about whether he has already crafted a list of teams he's willing to speak with this summer, James said his only focus is how the rest of this season plays out, for himself and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "How could anyone know when he doesn't even know?" He has a house in LA and wants a future in Hollywood. He admitted that there are some legitimate factors behind those rumors, such as the Lakers ability to create cap space for LeBron and two stars, but also reiterated he is beyond this type of stuff throwing him off. Last week, however, it appeared that they had patched up the issues and Leonard was planning to return to the Spurs after Pop said he would be "surprised".

Philadelphia is really the one kind of surprising team, but not really, on this list. He spent the Cavs' off day Thursday at one of the two homes he owns in Brentwood, a few miles away. But there's no question that this is arguably the best young team in the National Basketball Association. If they can put the pieces together, they will be forced to be reckoned with in the playoffs, especially in the first round.

Nine of his 39 at the Pepsi Center in Denver came in the final 1:41, including a fadeaway jumper from the left corner with Wilson Chandler draped all over him with 9.5 seconds left. Plus, they have a ton of movable assets (if needed). That total is at 44.4 for James this season, which would be the fourth highest of his career and the most since the 2009-10 season, when he was 25 years old, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They'd surround him with one of the best defensive rotations in the league, all while giving him some young legs to share the court with.

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