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Cavaliers have second-best odds of landing LeBron James, according to sports book

Jun 18, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Spencer Hawes, Alonzo Gee, Anderson Varejao, LeBron James Spencer Hawes, Alonzo Gee, Anderson Varejao, LeBron James

Which team will LeBron James play for next season?

The obvious answer is the Heat, but the Cavaliers believe they have a chance.

Bovada – which also has odds on the 2015 NBA champion – is fanning those flames. The gambling website gives Cleveland the second-best chance of landing LeBron. Here are the full available odds:

  • Miami Heat: 1/3
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 7/2
  • Chicago Bulls: 13/2
  • Houston Rockets: 13/2
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 15/1

Neither the Clippers nor Knicks are listed, which seems like a wasted opportunity to extract dumb money.

Even with the odds in favor of it happening, I’d bet on Miami and take my meager winnings. Really, a 75 percent chance is probably too low. I’d say the Heat have a greater than 90 percent chance of keeping LeBron.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says, but LeBron will always be my all time favorite professional athlete in any sports. With that being said, I don’t need an update about LeBron every 5 mins… And honestly if I had to make a prediction he’s staying with Miami. BUT if he does leave Miami, then I expect that team to be the Clippers.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Clippers? That doesn’t even sound right.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Sure it does. Sign and trade for Blake Griffin.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        I’m thinking about LeBron and his personal style and tendencies and I just don’t see him ever wanting to wear a Clippers jersey.

        Besides, he wouldn’t commit to the Clippers until that thing with Sterling is sorted.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Today must be national coward day. First Jimmyjohnson comes out, now fake canton. What took you cowards so long? How did your strategy work fake canton? Not too well did it! Tell us again how the Heat will win or maybe you’re still busy crying. COWARD!!!!!!

  2. davidly - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    The probability game is just that: for gambling and gambling only. There is no “whatever percent chance he stays or goes wherever”. That’s not really how scientific probability works. Unlike a coin flip, LBJ is going to do what he is going to do – 100 percent chance. Now, there might be a good or lesser chance of somebody guessing it right.

  3. dondada10 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    More and more the Cavs make sense. If Wade and Bosh don’t opt out and re-sign for less, Bron should look to leave. Cleveland offers him that chance without adding to the stigma of jumping from team to team–he’s “going home.” Plus, a team of:
    1. Kyrie Irving
    2. Dion Waiters
    3. Jabari Parker/Andrew Wiggins
    4. Lebron
    5. Verajao
    …isn’t that bad. Add Thompson and Zeller and you have something interesting.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Except you should Google the letter Gilbert wrote about Lebron when he left last time.

      You really think Lebron wants to pack his arean? Make him money? Win him a title?

      Yes, Lebron wants titles etc… but he’s already gotten them while not with Gilbert and I bet he gets another ring or two before he retires…

      Just NOT for Gilbert…

      Why would Lebron TRUST Gilbert? He had Lebron for years and years and squandered things.

      Oh, but it will be different this time Lebron baby, come baaaaaaack… my bank account loves it when you’re here… wait, scratch that, we love it when you’re here…

      In part, here is what Gilbert wrote ABOUT Lebron…

      “As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

      “This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up…”

      “You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal. ”

      “”I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

      “You can take it to the bank.” (uh, not so trustworthy worthy there Mr. Gilbert)

      “I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own…”

      “This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one””

      “this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio. ”

      Would YOU WANT to return to play for the SAME man that wrote that about you?

      • campcouch - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Exactly what did you eat in Cleveland that gave you such a mad on for their sports teams? You really don’t seem to like them. I’m just curious about your distaste for the town. There haven’t been any titles won there since the 60s so I don’t think they’ve robbed your team(s) of any championships.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      If that were the case, they would be smart to take Embiid:
      PG – Irving
      SG – Waiters (or Thompson)
      SF – LeBron
      PF – Verajao
      C – Embiid
      Then you still have a good bench with Jarrett Jack, Thompson (or Waiters) Zeller, Gee and Spencer Hawes.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        That would be a dynamic, young, hungry team. If they didn’t win the title their first year together, their window would just as wide open the next year with a little more maturity and experience (especially because they would have a excellent chance of making the ECF or even the NBA Finals).

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        I wonder if Anthony Bennet would benefit as well. It could have been his shoulder injury that held him back, at least a bit (I’m not saying he’d be Larry Johnson if healthy).

  4. jsala02 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Depending on what Miami would want in a sign and trade, you could have Pat Bev, Harden, Lebron, D Mo, and Howard. That is a team. With that being said, he stays in Miami. I guess Houston will have to settle for Melo

  5. 00maltliquor - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Yo that’s free money! I’m logging on right now…

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    So you’re saying he’s staying in MIA?

  7. mogogo1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    If things had changed significantly since his departure then maybe he gives it a second try. But what has really changed? They’re still a team that’s in the lottery almost every year. By all rights they should be a solid playoff team right now with all the picks they’ve had. Instead they’re coming off 33 wins and picking first yet again.

  8. dubblelznhell - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Lebron to Toronto.

    Lol

  9. campcouch - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Lebron okie-dokes us all and signs in Washington.

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