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Report: LeBron James and his wife ‘love Los Angeles’

Jun 16, 2014, 11:44 AM EST

LeBron Jamesseason is over, and that means another free agent frenzy is brewing.

The Lakers are reportedly waiting to let LeBron choose their next coach, and I don’t believe it’s coincidence a report about LeBron’s unlimited options used the Clippers as its primary example.

Among the cities lining up to lure LeBron from the Heat, Los Angeles seems to be at the forefront.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

a source said James and his wife, Savannah, love Los Angeles. LeBron James also is close with Clippers point guard Chris Paul and he admires coach Doc Rivers.

Spears is a reliable reporter, and I’m convinced he’s right: LeBron loves Los Angeles. I know LeBron also loves Miami. I bet he loves New York, too. (Sit down, Knicks fans.)

There are probably several cities LeBron enjoys. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving the Heat.

The Clippers are a non-starter unless Donald Sterling no longer owns the team. Although that seems likely before next season, it might not be sewn up before LeBron is ready to sign. Even if Sterling is ousted in time, the Clippers have no cap room. LeBron would have to convince Pat Riley to do a sign-and-trade, probably based around Blake Griffin.

The Lakers have bottomed out, and LeBron alone won’t make them stronger than the Heat were with him. Kobe Bryant is no longer the player he once was, and his salary drastically limits the Lakers’ options. If LeBron wants a situation like that, he might as well stick with Dwyane Wade. Maybe Carmelo Anthony also joining the Lakers would interest LeBron, but again, why not just do that in South Beach?

[MORE: What’s next for the Heat’s big three?]

LeBron has been conspicuously mum about whether he will even terminate his contract to become a free agent this offseason. Asked last night about his decision, he said, “I haven’t even really thought about that just yet.”

Until he does, we’re left just grasping at clues about his future. His fondness for Los Angles is one piece, but in the bigger puzzle, it probably doesn’t mean much.

149 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    He’ll never go to LA. Too much pressure. Too many great players to follow: Magic, Kareem, Shaq, Chamberlin, Kobe…. He needs to be somewhere with a soft media (Miami) & clueless fan base (Miami) to continue his fake legacy.

    • condor75 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      He’ll never go to LA. Too much pressure. Too many great players to follow: Magic, Kareem, Shaq, Chamberlin, Kobe…. He needs to be somewhere with a soft media (Miami) & clueless fan base (Miami) to continue his fake legacy.
      Sounds someone was weened off mommy’s nipple a little too soon, wow, Hater in the house

      • kb2408 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Just because someone gives an opinion that doesn’t make them a hater, which is becoming the most overused word in the English language. The REAL cantonbound13 has a point, following in the footsteps of LAKER greats can not be easy (see Dwight Howard). In L.A. he would be “expected” to win “titles”, not like anywhere else where they “hope” to win one title.

      • divan22 - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Dwight Howard left because he didn’t want to play for an idiot coach or with a selfish, washed-up former superstar who puts his own ego above team camaraderie. But keep believing it was because the Lakers legacy was too much for him to handle. LOL.

    • infectorman - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      WAIT A SECOND ….HOLD EVERYTHING.

      He hasn’t finished winning all those titles he promised to Miami yet..

      not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7 not 8…

      HE CAN’T MOVE?!?!?!

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        I bet you he regrets saying that more then anything, even more then doing The Decision.

    • funkmong - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      If the Clippers get LBJ for Blake, they’re set up nicely to challenge for WC champs and then steam roll whoever the EC sends to the Finals. Spurs will still be the team to beat though.

    • patfic5 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Thank you for nailing this point.

    • arrondior - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Too much pressure? LeBron James has been to the Finals 4 straight years. That’s pretty impressive and I’m not sure how going to L.A. puts MORE pressure on him. I’m not a LeBron fan, but a basketball fan. I hate when people use absolutely ridiculous reasons to knock the guy. Any team in the league would love to add LeBron to their roster.

      Of the 10 years he’s been in the league, he’s taken a team to the Finals 5 of them…

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        In the west he doesn’t make 4 Finals appearances.

      • arrondior - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Are you being serious right now? Lebron on just about any team in the West makes it to the Finals…

  2. mutasian - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    l.a. loves him back!

  3. 2phatt2 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Dude…posted by a true myopic Lakers fan, IDIOT.

  4. elcaminobilly - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Maybe he will sign with the Spurs. If he wants to chase rings that would be the place to go!

    • antistratfordian - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Not if Pop and Timmy are about to retire.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      He’d be a great fit. But would they want him? He plays the same position as their Golden Boy, Kahwi.

    • arrondior - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      The Spurs don’t have the cap space and they don’t need him. If I was LeBron, Chicago would be the number 1 destination for me to consider. Great team, Great Coach, and the Eastern Conference is obviously the weaker of the two Conferences.

  5. golfrangeman - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    @kb2408 @cantonbound if you don’t think your a hater you should look up the term you two idiots. Neither of you 2 are fans your just against a team or player. I noticed there were multiple articles about the lakers and Knicks last week and neither of you made even one post. You clearly don’t care about the team you say you like but more about down grading the accomplishments of another team or player.
    Hence the term hater.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      ^^ Bingooo…..

  6. djshnooks - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Aren’t the greats supposed to make the game of basketball better?

    This kid and his antics are ruining that.

    Pick a team and stick there…like the real greats who have played the game used to.

    • cwilson6843 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      You mean like wilt, hakeem, Barkley, shaq, even mj? True

      • dondada10 - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Hakeem was 37 when he joined the Raptors and MJ was 40 when he joined the Wizards. Different.

      • realfootballfan - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Way to cherry pick through his list though, lol. The rest of those guys changed teams in the prime of their careers, and Olajuwon was a pain in the neck for management about getting traded until they won their first championship or am I the only one who remembers that? Barkley flat out quit on Philly until they traded him to Phoenix, and then he did it again to get to Houston to try to chase a ring like Drexler, but was too late because MJ came back. Want to keep going? It’s not 1971 anymore, and even back then, players changed teams all the time. I suggest the rest of you get used to it.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        dondada10

        NOPE

        MJ played for the Wiz two seasons.

        He was 38 and 39 yrs old for those seasons.

        Uh, EASY to look up online you know…

        here you go…

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jordami01.html

    • antistratfordian - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      How did LeBron not make the game of basketball better? He is the most unselfish elite scorer this league has ever seen. Gone are the days where star players thought greatness = chucking the ball 30 times hoping to average 30 points a game.

      James ushered in a new era where star players know they have to be efficient, complete and unselfish if they want to hold the title as the best player in the league.

      • money2long - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        Sounds like a star point guard. Lebron hasn’t changed ish

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Exactly. He’s the size of Alonzo Mourning with the speed and power of Bo Jackson and the hops of MJ and it sounds like a star point guard.

      • money2long - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        That’s not changing the game. You’re talking about a person. Not the game solely. I don’t think you have any idea what you’re saying. Iverson changed the game more than lebron.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        No, you’re just being a hater. LeBron got the entire basketball world, and even players, taking efficiency seriously. Now it’s reached a level where it’s not just serious, but essential. That doesn’t happen without him being the shining example. And players like KD and Bosh just talk about efficiency now. They’ll say that they don’t care about other stats.

        No one talked about efficiency when MJ was playing. I remember, I was there – with MJ it was all about scoring and scoring titles. Kobe and Iverson are of that era – they’re chuckers because they grew up on MJ and were programmed to think that individual scoring = greatness.

        Iverson did change the game in a certain way with his style, but he didn’t change the way people think of the game like James did.

      • money2long - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        U don’t understand what it means to change the game.

        In your blabbery you proved my point in saying the word STYLE.

        and that’s the only point.

        Not size. Not efficiency. But how something is played.

        Lebron being big is not changing the game.

        Iverson’s style influenced a lot of kids and it affect the game. Lebron isn’t bringing anything new to the game.

        He’s just a big point guard.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        …a point guard who can average 30 ppg… with all-world defense… and play every position…

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        antistatfordian translation: guys like me get to buy new home team jerseys every 4 years. It’s awesome. I hope he goes to a team that has cool colors… maybe a cool logo?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        I don’t buy jerseys. That’s for kids.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        but you pretend that professional athletes are your, “bros” and that is adult behavior?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        What? Oh, so that’s what you were going on about yesterday…

        You think that’s what that means when someone innocuously uses the term “bro”? I could’ve said my boys or my dudes or my guys. It’s not meant to be taken literally. It just means that I appreciate them.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        You were fronting like you had friends that were famous. Quit playing around.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        What? Do you live on a farm in Indiana or something? Don’t get out much?

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        what would the location of my home have anything to do with you pretending that you have “pro bros”?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        It seems you’re a little disconnected from modern society. How old are you? 50+?

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        It it old to not have imaginary friends?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        It it old to what?

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        I am sitting here all by myself typing my responses. I do not have LeBron, WADE, BOSH sitting in my living room helping me by editing my spelling. I am not like you. I have no bros in the pros.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        when your bros let you know where they are signing you be sure to let the rest of us know.
        Did you get your invite to the Decision 2.0?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Ok, well listen gramps – the next time you see someone post something like, “I love Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Those guys are my boys!” Understand that they are is not trying to convince people that they’re actually friends with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. It’s just another way to express their fandom.

        Think you can remember that?

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Remember huh? You are the one that cannot seem to remember ANYTHING you post. Heat in 4, Heat in 5, Heat in 6, Heat in 7. Just wait here they come.
        You are pathetic.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Are you a Spurs fan or a Pacers fan? Are we talking about the Heat-Spurs series or the Heat-Pacers series?

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        YOU were claiming that “no one knew what was going to happen in games 4 and 5 in the FINALS even though the stats showed you were crazy.
        YOU were claiming that the Heat would make an epic comeback.
        YOU were spouting off at the mouth about how the Heat actually outplayed the Spurs in 2 games this series. I remember it all.
        and if YOU want me to stop… stop posting.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        You are far too emotionally invested. Everybody has moved past that but you.

        But I don’t want you to stop – I don’t care what you do. I don’t mind if you have me on your brain all the time.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        you know that you can access this website on phones and tablets and laptops using wifi? You do not always have to go to the public library.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Downtown Indianapolis. All day everyday. But I’d put a FARM in Indiana up against whatever crate you sleep in any day.

    • vikingferd - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      @djshnooks – C’mon man…..you’re saying that if Burger King offered you a chance to be head burger flipper, you would leave your job as french fry chef at McDonald’s??

  7. zinnsand21 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    If LeBron loves LA he will really love the SF Bay Area.. Come to Golden State LeBron..

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Northern California > Southern California

  8. muathjam21 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    “A source close to the situation also infers that Savannah and LeBron James love Gatorade. Powerade is quickly putting a pitch together to keep the James’ in their fold.”

    …idiots.

  9. muathjam21 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    But seriously, who in their right mind would pick LA over Miami? I find that hilarious.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      You must like humidity, Cuban exiles, retired snowbirds, and a piss warm ocean.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Just kidding about the piss warm ocean.

      • stoptrippn - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Lol

    • program33 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      In terms of state to state – Several players have left the state of Florida to the state of California.

  10. realfootballfan - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Even though it’s not going to happen, it would be funny to see the about face one certain poster on here would take if he signed with the Lakers. It would be hilarious.

  11. kwhyh8strm - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Shaq was the biggest ringchaser of them all. Left the lakers to play with Wade, went to the Suns,
    to play with Nash, went to Cleveland to “get a ring for the King”, went to of all places Boston.
    It was ridiculous!!

    • Chris - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Shaq was great but it ruined his legacy

  12. getlow81 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    No chance

  13. redbaronx - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Ah Heat fans! What will you do if LeBron leaves? Will you still root for the Heat one wonders?

    Stay tuned!

  14. csbanter - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Lebron MUST stay in Miami because he owes D.Wade for helping him win championships. This has to be Riley’s thinking and every Heat fan as well. Lebron is going to want to get paid his worth. I don’t think he’s in the mood to be coming back on a hometown discount. Unless Chris Bosh comes back for peanuts his Heat career is over.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      csbanter

      you DO realize that Bosh is in CONTROL of whether he opts out or in right?

      The team can’t just get rid of him.

      Bosh has an early termination option, like the others.

      It is up to Bosh whether he opts out and tries to resign with the Heat or anyone else.

      OR it’s up to Bosh if he stays with the Heat and plays for $20,590,000 next season.

      Oh, it is also up to Bosh if he wants to stay the year AFTER next season too.

      If he decides to stay, he’ll play for $22,112,500

      That year it’s a player option and it’s HIS choice.

      So, he may play the next two yrs for the Heat for peanuts as you say…

      Peanuts that total $42,702,500

      Doesn’t sound like peanuts to me…

  15. rogerrodgers - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    he’ll go to the Bucks for sure…

  16. markisb62 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Lebron is an ultimate team player

    He’ll sign with the Spurs!

    • money2long - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Their personnel is aging. Everyone is but you know what I mean.
      Lebron is best off finding a team with a coach who utilizes pop’s philosophies

  17. birdsofprey305 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I think what a lot of people are forgetting is free agency in the NBA didn’t start until the mid 90s so the stars from 70s, 80s and early 90s never had a choice to leave and explore their options. Its a different era players have much more control.

  18. program33 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    I just think that if he wants to get the help that he likes to have around him his next move should be out west. No disrespect to the Eastern Conference but The West is strong has superior ballers. Of course if he does go to the western conference that would probably mean that it would be awhile before the East wins another championship.

  19. denverdude7 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Here we go…

    LeQuit is at it again. Please ESPN, how about another 2-hour special on “The Decision”?

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