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Report: Lakers, Clippers viable options for LeBron James if he leaves Cavs

A prominent topic of discussion over the last few days has been LeBron James‘ long-term future with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Earlier this week, Jalen Rose stated on ESPN’s First Take that James could possibly finish his career playing in California. In light of that, Kevin O’ Connor of The Ringer is reporting that there have been conversations about the four-time league MVP making the jump to either one of the Los Angeles teams.

Multiple league sources I’ve spoken to think the Lakers or Clippers are viable destinations for King James. Jalen Rose said this week on First Take that he expects LeBron to make a move from Cleveland to California, where he already owns a house 30 minutes away from Staples Center. The Lakers make sense if LeBron wants to build a sustainable winner with a core blend of veterans and youthful talent like Paul George — if, as NBA gossip suggests, George truly is “hell-bent” on going to L.A. — and Brandon Ingram.The Clippers make sense if LeBron wants to form a Banana Boat Voltron with Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony.

This isn’t the first time that the Lakers have been rumored as a possible landing spot for James as the team spoke to him in free agency a couple of summers ago. If they are able to land a proven player such as Paul George while also getting  some significant improvement from their young core next season, then things could potentially change on that front.

As for the Clippers, the organization has sustained success over the last several years behind their core group of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. However, things could drastically change this offseason with both Paul and Griffin set to become free agents this summer. If the Clippers are able to keep their Big Three intact, it could remain an intriguing destination for James.

That said, all of this just remains chatter that makes for good conversation around the league.