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LeBron James rumors: 'Doesn't like Houston,' son playing in Los Angeles

LeBron James rumors: 'Doesn't like Houston,' son playing in Los Angeles

Free agency is still weeks away but we’ve already reached peak silly season in the NBA.

LeBron James, who is expected to opt out of his deal with the Cavaliers, will be the most sought-after free agent for the third time in his career.

Among his suitors will be the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and, of course, the Sixers. While we all search for breadcrumbs on where the King will make his new kingdom, we may all be going a little too crazy here.

First, news came out Monday that LeBron’s son, LeBron Jr. (or Bronny for those in the know), has committed to play basketball at Sierra Canyon High School near Los Angeles. That rumor was shot down by the school fairly quickly.

The fact that Bronny may play at a high school in the Los Angeles area is not a sure sign James will play with the Lakers. James’ family has been in the L.A. area for years while he’s played in Cleveland. Who’s to say that wouldn’t continue if he signs in Houston or Philly? Maybe we shouldn’t be using Gary Payton as our source for breaking news(?)

And remember when Sixers fans all freaked out over the rumor that James was sizing up private schools in the Philadelphia area for his son during the All-Star break? Those were fun times.

Then today a report hit the Twitter machine that James “doesn’t like Houston as a city.” So there you have it. No Rockets for James. With all due respect to Marla Ridenour, the columnist from the Akron Beacon Journal that broke the scoop, this really doesn’t tell us anything. For all we know, James said this as a joke or after sitting in Houston traffic for an hour or after having a bad experience at a restaurant. 

If he views the Rockets as his best chance to win another championship, I strongly doubt the city of Houston will deter him from signing there. The dude grew up in Akron and played in Cleveland for 11 seasons. I think he can handle Houston for a season or two.

Let’s all take a deep breath here. There will be real, legitimate news coming on James' decision when he makes it. As tempting as it is, maybe we shouldn’t hop on every rumor that’s out there. Even Vegas is tempering its expectations until LeBron makes his decision.

James has until June 29 to opt out. Until then, don't eat up all the breadcrumbs.

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Gary Payton adds latest fuel to the LeBron James watch

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The LeBron James buzz won't slow down until the decision of where he will play basketball next season is made.

So let the speculation continue.

It boiled a bit more Monday when an interview published of Hall of Famer Gary Payton telling's Sheena Davis that James' son, LeBron James Jr., is committed to Sierra Canyon School, an institution in Chatsworth, California, that enrolls pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Which means James to the Lakers, right? Who knows.

LeBron James Jr. is 13 years old and his highlight reels are already going viral on YouTube. The sons of former NBA players Scottie Pippen and Kenyon Martin play for Sierra Canyon's high school varsity team.

Here is some of what Payton had to say (and you can get more on this story here, via USA TODAY):

His son just committed to Sierra Canyon, which is in the valley of L.A., that's where his son is going to go to school.

A son at that age, you don't want to be away from him for that period of time.

I think he wants to be around his son a lot, see his son play, so that's going to play a key factor, too.

He's been saying this for the last year or so: his family is going to dictate where he goes and his last days in basketball, so that might be a stepping point for him, to go to L.A. But we don't know, we've got to wait.

And there's been nothing confirmed or announced about where James' son will be attending school. 

As you can remember, rumors swirled in late February that James was checking out private schools in the Philadelphia area during the NBA All-Star break.

Very little came from it.

But not only do we have a LeBron James watch, it seems like we now have one for LeBron James Jr., as well.

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