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LeBron James’ decision to opt out narrow his potential landing spots

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Though he made an emotional return in 2014. This isn't insignificant. If James looks around the league and doesn't see a situation he loves, he can [looks up teen slang] secure the bag by signing a long-term deal in Cleveland. Houston would have to gut their roster to even make this possible and it's extremely unlikely any of the parties involved would be in favor of that.

The Cavaliers can offer James the most money under National Basketball Association rules, a five-year deal worth $209 million, and he could also sign a short-term deal.

The 76ers' top off-season target has informed his current team that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent.

However, news agency Cleveland.com claim James' agent Rich Paul notified the Cavs of his client's decision on Friday.

But the Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month and James makes no secret of wanting to play on a team that can challenge the Warriors, winners of three titles in four seasons, for NBA crowns. James has been much more proactive in past summers working with the Cavs than he has.

James likely can not make quite as much money - he opted out of $35.6 million for next season, but the estimated maximum contract for this offseason starts at $35.4 million.

An off-season rarely goes by without James or his team making a huge move.

The summer of LeBron is on. Whatever the case, Philly is firmly in the LeBron running, and they have the ability to bring in two stars to join Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Not only that, they are willing to play for the veteran's minimum for the chance to play with James and the possibility of winning a championship with him.

The 33-year-old has always been linked to the Lakers, partly because he has two homes in the Los Angeles area along with a film production company. A lot of people don't believe this; a lot of people think we had this already set up.

The hilarious shirt says, "I don't know where he's going..." That guy, who spent the last two years beating LeBron James in the NBA Finals. James would get to stay in the conference he has dominated for so many years while getting a boost from young, talented legs as he hits the twilight years of his career.