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The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to sign LeBron James this offseason, according to odds released Thursday.
Per BetOnline (h/t OddsShark), the Cavs have the best odds to land LeBron at +125 (5-4). They are followed by the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers, who all have +375 (15-4) odds.
James can become a free agent this offseason provided he opts out of his contract as expected.
In March, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported the Cavs, Rockets, Lakers and 76ers are the teams James will consider signing with.
While those four teams have the best odds, there are others listed as well.
The Golden State Warriors are +1,000 (10-1), the Los Angeles Clippers are +1,200 (12-1) and the Miami Heat are +1,600 (16-1).
LeBron spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cavs before signing with the Heat in 2010. He won two championships in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh before returning to Cleveland in 2014.
James has led the Cavs to the NBA Finals each of the past three seasons, and he helped them win their first championship in 2016.
Cleveland is four wins away from the NBA Finals once again as it prepares to face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
This season was a struggle at times for the 50-32 Cavaliers, though, after trading Kyrie Irving to the Celtics last offseason.
The Indiana Pacers pushed them to seven games in the first round of the playoffs, but they swept the Toronto Raptors to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
LeBron had another MVP-caliber season in 2017-18 with per-game averages of 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds, but questions surround his supporting cast in Cleveland.
Kevin Love has been inconsistent, and Irving’s departure means there is no longer a true “Big Three” on the roster.
Joining James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston or Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia would allow LeBron to be part of a better core.
The Lakers, meanwhile, have a ton of young talent with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, plus money to spend in free agency.
Cleveland has a lot of work to do in terms of building a better roster around LeBron, but it has enjoyed unprecedented success with James at the helm, and it can offer him more money than any other team.