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NBA free agency predictions?

NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?

  • Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where will Chris Bosh play next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • Which is more likely to happen?

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  • Which team would be the best fit for Lance Stephenson?

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Where will LeBron James play?

Although LeBron James opted out of his contract, conventional wisdom suggested he would re-sign with the Miami Heat and give things another go with the rest of the Big Three. But now that's not so clear, as reportedly James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade aren't quite on the same page. Meanwhile, with James himself on vacation, sources say his agent, Rich Paul, might have met with representatives for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns and possibly the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will James really leave South Florida?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • If he leaves the Heat, where will LeBron James go?

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  • Which of these teams would give LeBron James the best shot at contending for titles?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many members of the Big Three will play for the Heat next season?

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NBA free agency predictions?

July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many of the Heat's Big Three will return next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Behind LeBron James, who is the best unrestricted free agent on the market this summer?

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  • On which team will Kevin Love be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Will restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe (Suns), Gordon Hayward (Jazz) and Greg Monroe (Pistons) change teams this summer?

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Welcome to LeBron James Free Agent Frenzy 2.0. Yes, the two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, making him available to effectively everyone.

Naturally, everyone is interested. And we don't just mean NBA teams.

Sure, fans of all Association teams are dreaming of LeBron in their colors ...



... but some interesting proposals hit the Internet from all sorts of teams and institutions.

Naturally, the former football player generated some NFL interest:




Meanwhile, some hockey teams also expressed interest (extra points to the Blue Jackets for the subtlety of their pitch).





Also vying for LeBron's services: the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, the United States' rugby sevens team and perhaps the most popular unit in all of America right now:





Let's not forget the Brazos Valley Bombers, a summer collegiate baseball team that -- wait. We don't remember including your team in our SportsNation poll!



Finally, Major League Soccer showed an undeniable appreciation for King James -- but not the one you're thinking of. That would be James Rodriguez, aka James, a Colombian midfielder who has sparked his side to three straight wins in the 2014 World Cup.



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LeBron James opts out

LeBron James wasted very little time in deciding to opt out of his contract with the Heat, doing so almost a week before the June 30 deadline. James' decision gives both him and the Heat a number of options -- he can decide whether he wants to take his talents elsewhere, while the Heat have the chance to restructure his contract. The Big Three era might be over -- or it could just be entering a new and better stage, with the possibility of adding Carmelo Anthony to the mix.

  • For which team will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • What would be better for the NBA?

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  • How many NBA championships would a team featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony win?

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  • Which of these teams would be the best fit for Carmelo Anthony?

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  • Will all of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh be back with the Heat next season?

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