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What Team Will LeBron James Play for in the 2018-19 NBA season?

A detail of the jersey of LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Another NBA season has come and gone, and with it, the Golden State Warriors have beaten LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third time in four years. With James set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, there is a good chance he’s played his last game in a Cavs uniform.

The Los Angeles Lakers are the -150 favorites to sign LeBron James in the offseason.

With the loss, James’ record in the Finals is now 3-6. You certainly can’t fault him for the Warriors sweeping the Cavs, however, as James single-handedly carried his team to the championship round in what was one of the most impressive postseasons of his illustrious career. A lack of secondary scoring by his teammates, poor defense and an all-time mental blunder at the end of Game 1 by J.R. Smith didn’t help matters. Simply put, James did everything he could to beat the Warriors and it still wasn’t nearly good enough.

According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, James is only willing to listen to free-agent pitches by the Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason. It’s expected that James will opt out of his current deal and seek a full max contract that will be worth $35 million-plus per season.

Where will LeBron go?

With James’ future more uncertain than ever, BetOnline has released odds on where the King will end up for the 2018-19 season after he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers are the -150 favorites, with the 76ers (+450), Cavaliers (+500), Boston Celtics (+700), Rockets (+800), San Antonio Spurs (+1600), Los Angeles Clippers (+2500), Miami Heat (+3300) and Golden State Warriors (+5000) listed as the next likeliest candidates.

The Lakers have skyrocketed up the board lately and are now the undisputed front-runners as a result. Since May 29, the 76ers’ odds of signing King James have slipped from +150 to +450. The Cavs, who were +175 in late May and +350 the day after losing Game 4 of the NBA Finals, are now +500. From June 10 to June 18, the Rockets’ chances fell from +275 to +800. In light of the news that Kawhi Leonard has requested a trade out of San Antonio, the Spurs’ chances of signing James have slipped from +1000 to +1600.

When James came back to Cleveland in 2014 after winning a couple of championships in Miami with his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, it was initially perceived as the final landing spot for the future Hall of Famer. But nothing is ever set in stone in the NBA, so another divorce between the small forward and the wine and gold could very much be in the cards.

What do you think? Is LeBron going to be back with his hometown team, or will he take his talents elsewhere? Have your say in the comments.

To read more on the betting odds for which team will win the 2018-19 NBA championship, click here. 

What team will LeBron James play for in the 2018-19 NBA season?

Odds as of June 18 at BetOnline

  • Los Angeles Lakers -150
  • Philadelphia 76ers +450
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +500
  • Boston Celtics +700
  • Houston Rockets +800
  • San Antonio Spurs +1600
  • Los Angeles Clippers +2500
  • Miami Heat +3300
  • Golden State Warriors +5000