LeBron James again is the biggest target in free agency, but with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both opting out of their contracts, it will allow the Miami Heat the cap room to add more help. As a result, most feel James will remain in Miami.
However, that may not be the case as Fox Sports’ Sam Amico reports that James’ decision is still up in the air:
Source close to LeBron James says James started "distancing himself" from Heat management during season. Believes decision truly up in air.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 29, 2014
Distancing himself from Heat management is something of a vague statement. It could mean something as little as not talking to Pat Riley as often as he used to. But if the decision is in the air, the Lakers will have a chance, and they are sure to fight as much as possible to bring him in.
Mitch Kupchak is targeting both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but they will have a lot of competition. The Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and among other teams will all be fighting for the right to bring James in to the fold.
Of course with James, there is also the possibility of him returning to Cleveland who boasts Kyrie Irving and recent number one overall draft pick, Andrew Wiggins.
It is still highly likely that James returns to Miami and they re-tool the team around him, but any doubts gives the Lakers a slight bit of more hope.
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