LeBron James 2018 free agency rumor tracker

Bill Baptist  NBAE via Getty Images

Bill Baptist NBAE via Getty Images

James continues to be linked with a number of different teams this summer due to the increasing likelihood of him becoming a free agent and leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career.

With less than three weeks to go until the start of free agency, the rumor mill is beginning to heat up.

The Sixers, in particular, would be a very intriguing move as they are now one of the most exciting young teams in the league spearheaded by the duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue doesn't seem confident that LeBron James will be returning to the team next season.

The first question is who should the third star be, and which teams are in a position to trade one?

If James teams up with Paul George with a team such as the Los Angeles Lakers, or even the Sixers, Vice Sports' Michael Pina believes that Damian Lillard would be an ideal fit.

No matter where LeBron elects to play next year, whatever that team looks like now likely won't be the finished product once training camps open in a few months. These odds skyrocketed after Gary Payton said that James' son was already committed to Sierra Canyon School just outside of Los Angeles. "But Embiid needs the ball, Ben Simmons wants the ball, they just need more shooters I would say", he said.

With the ability to opt out of his contract, the 4-time MVP can become a free agent, potentially paving the way for another exit from Cleveland - or perhaps a long-term contract with the Cavs. But Lillard is too expensive on his current contract for the Lakersto afford him, George, and James in a practical way.

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