While NBA teams jockey to make themselves attractive landing spots to LeBron James when he hits free agency in 2018, a new report suggests two teams have a massive leg up on the competition for the three-time MVP’s services—because James’ wife, Savannah Brinson, would like to make Los Angeles her permanent home.
Cleveland’s loss in the 2017 NBA Finals has led Lakers officials to hear more whispers about James’ interest in a final chapter in Los Angeles, where his wife would like to live full time, per sources. The Lakers have long known the appreciation James, who grew up a fan of the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys, holds for their iconic brand.
Since the Cleveland Cavaliers fired general manager David Griffin against the wishes of LeBron, there’s been a growing sentiment that he and fellow Cavs star Kyrie Irving would be open to playing elsewhere.
The most popular rumor is that James and Paul George would team up with the Los Angeles Lakers when they hit free agency in 2018, though the Los Angeles Clippers appear to be preparing to make themselves available as a landing spot as well.
James owns a $20 million house in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, just 13 miles from Staples Center. It was vandalized before the NBA Finals.