Lakers, Heat possible suitors for LeBron James

LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA championship Sunday night and less than 24 hours later, the free agency rumors have began swirling.

It looks like the four-time MVP could, once again, be leaving the team he just helped to the top of the mountain.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith joined Mike & Mike Monday morning and talked about James leading the Cavaliers to the Larry O’Brien Trophy. He then went on to say that there is a possibility of two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, being suitors for him.

“From what I’ve been told, the Lakers and Heat are possiblities as a destination for LeBron James this summer.”

– Stephen A. Smith

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James could sign a $24 million player option this summer to stay with the Cavaliers for the 2016-17 season. However, it’s likely that he won’t sign it and will attempt to sign a new deal with Cleveland.

If he ends up becoming a free agent, you have to believe there is a possibility LeBron James could explore all options before signing, likely, a one-year deal with some team. If he ends up back with the Heat, it might be a big blow to the Cavaliers once again.

It would be hard to believe, however, that the fans in Cleveland would take it as hard as they did last time. I mean, they do have their championship to enjoy.

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