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Odds Have Already Been Released For Where LeBron Will Play In 2018-19

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

LeBron James may be Cleveland's best player in franchise history and an Ohio legend, but the NBA is a never-ending machine, and offseason rumors have indicated LeBron may be on his way out of Cleveland again.

On August 16, Chris Sheridan reported a source from the league told him: “This will be LeBron’s final season in Cleveland. He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners is beyond repair.”

Sheridan is one of the most well-respected voices in basketball media and his word is almost always taken as gospel. Sheridan was even the first reporter to announce LeBron would be heading back home to Cleveland in 2014.

Among these recent reports of James looking for greener pastures, BetOnline has already released odds on where the King will end up for the 2018-19 season after he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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The Cavaliers are the +250 favorites to retain his services, with the Los Angeles Lakers (+275), Boston Celtics (+700), Houston Rockets (+1000), San Antonio Spurs (+1000), Minnesota Timberwolves (+1400), Philadelphia 76ers (+1600), Miami Heat (+2500), Golden State Warriors (+2800) and Denver Nuggets (+3300) next in line to sign LeBron.

If you don't understand how those odds work, here's a quick run down.

If there's a "+" in front of the number (all of them, in this case), add 100 to the number, then divide 100 by this new number to get the percentage. E.g. Cavaliers at +250 would be 100/350 = 28%; you would bet on them if you think they have >28% chance to keep him. Most of the true odds are lower, due to the house edge (this is how they make money). More plainly, if you bet $100, you win the $ in the number shown.

When James made his return to Cleveland back in 2014, many thought he would play out his entire career with the Cavs and retire as a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Of course, almost nothing is a sure-thing in the NBA, so we shouldn't be too surprised that LeBron may want to pack up and leave for a second time after winning a title for Cleveland in 2016.

The full odds can be viewed below:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers +250
  • Los Angeles Lakers +275
  • Boston Celtics +700
  • Houston Rockets +1000
  • San Antonio Spurs +1000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +1400
  • Philadelphia 76ers +1600
  • Miami Heat +2500
  • Golden State Warriors +2800
  • Denver Nuggets +3300
  • Milwaukee Bucks +3300
  • New Orleans Pelicans +3300
  • Washington Wizards +4000
  • New York Knicks +4000
  • Los Angeles Clippers +4000
  • Dallas Mavericks +4000
  • Chicago Bulls +4000
  • Charlotte Hornets +5000
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +5000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +5000
  • Detroit Pistons +6600
  • Indiana Pacers +6600
  • Toronto Raptors +6600
  • Memphis Grizzlies +10000
  • Atlanta Hawks +25000
  • Brooklyn Nets +25000
  • Orlando Magic +25000
  • Phoenix Suns +25000
  • Sacramento Kings +25000
  • Utah Jazz +25000