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Where will LeBron James go in free agency?

Zach Harper



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Where will LeBron James go in NBA free agency? The Association’s biggest star could leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for any number of teams this summer. Where does he fit best?

We make a case for LeBron to join each of the 30 NBA teams and what it would take to get him there. There are only a handful of easy fits and a whole lot of fantasy GMing to be done, courtesy of Zach Harper.

How would LeBron James fit on your team? Find out below:

LeBron James goes to…

Atlanta Hawks

LeBron James Atlanta Hawks

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LeBron James going to the Atlanta Hawks would immediately make them the most important they’ve ever been. He would immediately become the biggest figure in franchise history. And LeBron would have a chance to own the south and the East in a Hawks uniform. Click the team name to read the full article.

Boston Celtics

LeBron James Boston Celtics

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Could LeBron James play for the Boston Celtics for four or five years and end up with his jersey retired? Let’s say LeBron gets to the Celtics, and they immediately start hanging banners up in the rafters. This team already has a crowded ceiling thanks to decades of unprecedented excellence. Click the team name to read the full article.

Brooklyn Nets

LeBron James Brooklyn Nets

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We look at LeBron James mulling over joining the Nets and seeing just how impossible that decision would be for him to choose Brooklyn as his next home. From Billy King to trying to land the King, the Nets look like they’re trying to fight an uphill battle. Click the team name to read the full article.

Charlotte Hornets

LeBron James Charlotte Hornets

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It’s a double-edged sword for the most competitive person who has ever lived. Strive toward putting the Hornets into an elite position or leave LeBron enough at arm’s length so Jordan doesn’t help him understand how to approach or even surpass MJ’s greatness. Click the team name to read the full article.

Chicago Bulls

LeBron James Chicago Bulls

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Perhaps the only way to truly chase that ghost is to set up residency in the haunted mansion and exorcise the demons. So if LeBron James wants to truly take on a challenge and pursue the next chapter of his narrative head-on, maybe giving GarPax their Jordan is the only way. Click the team name to read the full article.

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

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For so long, we’ve assumed LeBron would leave once again. His work there was done. But he may survey the NBA landscape and decide to do this all again in one year. Click the team name to read the full article.

Dallas Mavericks

LeBron James Dallas Mavericks

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Someday, LeBron will get his own farewell tour and it may be even bigger and badder than what Kobe Bryant received. But experiencing the farewell tour of Dirk next season could be a special experience he’ll never get to do with any other player. Click the team name to read the full article.

Denver Nuggets

LeBron James Denver Nuggets

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LeBron takes great pride in his physical stature and how he’s been able to maintain his body and health over his 15-year career. How do you take that to the next level? Do everything you do at altitude. Click the team name to read the full article.

Detroit Pistons

LeBron James Detroit Pistons

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Revive the franchise he killed. Back in 2007, the Detroit Pistons looked pretty capable of going to yet another NBA Finals. LeBron could try to take things a bit full circle, and out of the kindness of his heart revive the Pistons into their previous glory. He loves a good narrative. Click the team name to read the full article.

Golden State Warriors

LeBron James Golden State Warriors

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Is there such thing as too much BBQ or too much sushi? I’ll just keep eating it until you find me dead, belly up in my home. Throw LeBron James on the Golden State Warriors and you’ll get similar results. Click the team name to read the full article.

Houston Rockets

LeBron James Houston Rockets

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If the Rockets put up a decent fight against the Warriors in a playoff series, it emboldens LeBron to feel even more secure about considering the Rockets. If the Rockets take down the Warriors and win the title, LeBron can still feel pretty good about choosing Houston as his next destination. Click the team name to read the full article.

Indiana Pacers

LeBron James Indiana Pacers

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First and foremost, LeBron would probably revel in the idea that the Pacers have to get rid of Lance Stephenson in order to have a shot at LeBron. That pettiness has been around for years between these two and just that small bit of power of someone’s career you don’t like could do something for LeBron. Click the team name to read the full article.

Los Angeles Clippers

LeBron James Los Angeles Clippers

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LeBron James has interest in the city of Los Angeles. He has business in the city of Los Angeles. The internet went nuts when he was visiting schools, potentially for the education of his three children. Plenty of signs point to LA, but LeBron getting there and not wanting to deal with the Kobe Bryant legacy could be a thing. Click the team name to read the full article.

Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers

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For most of his career, LeBron James and big markets have been linked together. Back in 2010, the New York Knicks were supposed to be the next home for LeBron. After playing so long in Cleveland, throwing James into a big market would find a way to increase his Q rating exponentially. Click the team name to read the full article.

Memphis Grizzlies 

LeBron James Memphis Grizzlies

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They need an extreme savior. Someone who can lift just about anything in this league and bring them to a promise land. LeBron James might be the only player in the league capable of doing that. Click the team name to read the full article.

Miami Heat

LeBron James Miami Heat

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The first time LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, the uproar and spectacle of it all rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Miami the city celebrated like it was WrestleMania. They essentially had a title parade before the first game was played and all kinds of light shows and quotes were thrown about. Click the team name to read the full article.

Milwaukee Bucks

LeBron James Milwaukee Bucks

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There is only one way in which LeBron passes the torch and that’s by teaming up in Milwaukee with Giannis. He’d gladly teach Giannis the things he’s still lacking from a playmaking standpoint, and eventually give way to being the support for the Greek Freak’s dominance. Click the team name to read the full article.

Minnesota Timberwolves

LeBron James Minnesota Timberwolves

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How does LeBron James prove to people you can withstand anything from a physical nature? How do you prove to people that you’re injury proof or hands down the greatest athlete with the highest motor in any situation? You let Tom Thibodeau handle your minutes. Click the team name to read the full article.

New Orleans Pelicans

LeBron James New Orleans Pelicans

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My fear in the hypothetical of LeBron James heading to New Orleans is we finally find out that he is destructible. LeBron heading to New Orleans really puts his body in the possibly incapable hands of Pelicans/Saints wellness staff. Click the team name to read the full article.

New York Knicks

LeBron James New York Knicks

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The legacy builder of making the Knicks a champion. Some would argue the title James brought to the Cavaliers meant more than the two titles he brought to Miami. Now imagine bringing one to the Knicks. Click the team name to read the full article.

Oklahoma City Thunder

LeBron James Oklahoma City Thunder

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I think we have a better chance of a Westbrook-Durant reunion than we do of LeBron James even considering the Thunder. Carmelo Anthony is still trying to recreate a Scrooge McDuck life in which he swims in gold coins. Click the team name to read the full article.

Orlando Magic

LeBron James Orlando Magic

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We all know LeBron James loves his kids more than anything and loves to post Instagrams of them doing family stuff. Well, he can do all of that family stuff at the Magic Kingdom, which is just a short drive away from the arena. Click the team name to read the full article.

Philadelphia 76ers

LeBron James Philadelphia 76ers

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As LeBron looks for his next home, finding spaces to keep that legacy going will heavily factor into his decision. And there may not be a better option for that than Philadelphia. Click the team name to read the full article.

Phoenix Suns

LeBron James Phoenix Suns

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How much does LeBron James care about taking care of his body? He spends $1.5 million per season on treatment and training to make sure Year 15 looks pretty similar to Year 1 from an athleticism standpoint. Now think of the incredible work the Suns have done with players’ bodies over the years. Click the team name to read the full article.

Portland Trail Blazers

LeBron James Portland Trail Blazers

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The Blazers have spent the money on their core. Now they just need that one glue guy to tie it all together. LeBron James can be that Elmer’s. Click the team name to read the full article.

Sacramento Kings

LeBron James Sacramento Kings

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LeBron James can’t trust those Golden State Warriors as far as he can throw them. With the Warriors moving into a new San Francisco arena soon that will essentially have them printing money, LeBron needs to keep an eye on what they’re doing. Click the team name to read the full article.

San Antonio Spurs

LeBron James San Antonio Spurs

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Meld the two greatest basketball minds. LeBron James is a savant on the court. Gregg Popovich has seemingly changed the game or stayed ahead of the game era after era. Click the team name to read the full article.

Toronto Raptors

LeBron James Toronto Raptors

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LeBron James could become an actual king. Canada is a commonwealth country, which means it has ties to British royalty. Queen Elizabeth II still technically sits at the head of everything, even if the government has branched into less archaic ways of running Great Britain. But if there is a queen, then that means there can and will eventually be a king. Click the team name to read the full article.

Utah Jazz

LeBron James Utah Jazz

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This is actually the perfect type of team and scheme for LeBron James to exist in. The biggest issue with this iteration of the Cavs is they’re a sieve defensively. Click the team name to read the full article.

Washington Wizards

LeBron James Washington Wizards

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LeBron gets the chance to keep an eye on certain people in the city. He gets a chance to poke the bear in the cage. He gets to show up close and personal that shutting up and dribbling isn’t an option. Click the team name to read the full article.

Zach Harper is a basketball obsessive with a penchant for outside shooting and high volume scorers. He believes in living life 3-point line to 3-point line. Zach has worked for ESPN, Bleacher Report, and CBS Sports since 2010. He's as interested in exploring the minutiae of the game of basketball as he is in finding the humor in it. Basketball in previous eras was fun, but it's much better now. Embrace change.