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Speculation swirls with LeBron James in Los Angeles

2018 NBA Finals - Game Three

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Don’t read too much into this. By itself, it doesn’t say much.

With that disclaimer, LeBron James is in Los Angeles. The city at the front of the line to have him playing for them next season (the Lakers, not the Clippers).

We know this because the NBA Twitter star and must follow @World_Wide_Wob was on the case, tracking LeBron’s private plane from his vacation rental in Anguilla to the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.

Which in turn had other people heading to the airport to confirm this and...

Again don’t read too much into this: LeBron owns homes and spends his summers in Los Angeles anyway, being close to his entertainment company business interests, enjoying the weather and working out. L.A. is the unofficial off-season home of the NBA anyway, it’s where a lot of players are, it’s where the runs happen and trainers flock.

Also, for free agency, Los Angeles becomes a hub. A lot of agents and players set up in Los Angeles, teams send representatives, and everyone can meet with a short drive rather than a cross-country flight. Plus, when free agency starts at midnight on the East Coast, it’s just 9 p.m. in L.A. — you can get your business done and still go out for a drink/late meal.

That said, it feels different when you combine LeBron flying to L.A. today with all the other sources around the league (not just mine but every NBA reporter) saying LeBron wants to be a Laker, and the Lakers’ efforts to land Kawhi Leonard as a second star with LeBron (and maybe Paul George, although he is leaning toward staying with the Thunder according to the buzz around the league). It just seems to all be coming together for the Lakers.