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What are the best landing spots for LeBron James if he leaves Cleveland in free agency?

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LeBron James' legacy will once again be on the line tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers face a second elimination game against the Golden State Warriors at the Quicken Loans Arena. 

James faces the real possibility of losing his third consecutive Finals and his fifth overall. If the Warriors become the first team since the L.A. Lakers in 2001 and 2002 to win consecutive championships on the road, the debate will inevitably surface about where LeBron will rank among the greats of the game.   

The legendary Jerry West had a 1-8 record in the Finals but is still regarded as one of the best players of all-time.  

The Logo himself offered his support to the Cavs superstar recently and blasted those who criticise the small forward for his losing record on the league's biggest stage.

King James will become a free agent this summer, and though his departure from Cleveland is unlikely, there isn't a guarantee that he won't decide to jump ship from his hometown team again.

If he does conceivably leave Ohio, here are the teams that he should consider:

Miami Heat

It's no secret that LeBron and Dwyane Wade have a very close friendship and shared four successful years together in South Beach that yielded two championships. 

Miami Heat v Sacramento Kings

If some reports are to be believed, the duo are keen on playing together again before they retire and it's unlikely that Wade will take his talents to Cleveland. 

The pair controversially spent some time working out together during the regular season which they were heavily criticised for, considering they are now rivals in the Eastern Conference.

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, there is a strong possibility that the King makes a dramatic return to the Heat. It certainly won't be in the manner of "The Decision" but it would still come as a shock.

He would, however, be required to take another pay cut like he did when he first joined Miami as they will not have the cap space to match his current salary with the Cavs.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

L.A. Clippers

Another close friend of LeBron's is Chris Paul who is still searching for his first ring. Uniting with the talented point guard would give him and Paul a realistic shot at winning it all. 

If the Clippers were to make a run at LBJ, they would have to move some pieces to make space for him on the roster and the books. 

The likeliest player to be sacrificed would be Blake Griffin. The power forward missed almost the entire second half of the campaign with injury and despite returning in time for the playoffs, went down in the first round with a recurrence of his quad injury. 

Blake is still yet to fulfill his enormous potential and the Clippers have reportedly lost confidence in his ability and are looking at trade options. 

Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

A big three of James, Paul and DeAndre Jordan could be interesting. If the four-time MVP shows the slightest interest in joining the L.A. outfit, there's no doubt they would pull out all the stops to lure him to the City of Angels.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls won the last of their six championships 18 years ago and the Chicago faithful are desperate to see another banner hanging from the rafters soon.

They may have been spoilt by the G.O.A.T Michael Jordan for multiple years in the 90s, but they've been rather mediocre since. 

When LeBron decided to leave Cleveland in 2010, the Windy City was one of the spots he strongly considered before eventually opting for Florida. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

With the talents of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, James could add the scoring touch that Chicago lacks and form a dynamic trio that could dominate on both ends.

Again, the franchise would need to move some players on if they were to accommodate the type of salary that the 31-year-old would command.

Both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol are expected to depart this summer and that, coupled with the rise in the salary cap, could free up enough cash to convince James to make the move to Chi-Town.

After making the decision to return home in 2014, the chances of the two-time champion bolting from Northeast Ohio again are very slim indeed.

Having guided the Wine and Gold to back-to-back Finals, he's clearly in the right place to claim another Larry O'Brien trophy and having vowed to end Cleveland's long wait, it would be surprising to see him give up.

The Cavaliers' chances of achieving it this year are not over just yet, though. 

Having produced a terrific performance at the Oracle Arena in game five to force another game in The Land, they have every chance of winning in front of their home fans to take the series to a deciding game seven. 

All eyes will be on the Q, as it'll be more than the Cavs' season on the line tonight.

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Eastern Conference
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Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division

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