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Top 5 Landing Spots For LeBron James In 2015 After Finals Loss

The 5 Most Likely Places LeBron James Will Take His Talents In 2014-15

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The Miami Heat just suffered a crushing Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Many people believe this is the end for the Big Three in South Beach, mainly because LeBron James can opt out of his contract here in a few weeks.

If James does opt out, the basketball world will explode with speculation. Here are his five most likely destinations in 2014-15:

5. Charlotte Hornets

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5. Charlotte Hornets

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The Hornets are a big time darkhorse team to land James, but never say never. They've got the funds to pay him much more than he's making now, and Michael Jordan has made it clear that his team will try to make another splash in free agency this summer. But overall, it's hard to see LeBron signing on to literally play in MJ's shadow.

4. Houston Rockets

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4. Houston Rockets

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If the Rockets clear some cap space, don't rule them out of the James sweepstakes. They're reportedly gearing up to make a run at another star to create their own Big Three, so why not try and add the biggest star in the league?

3. New York Knicks

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3. New York Knicks

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James was tied to the Knicks briefly back in 2010 prior to taking his talents to South Beach. If Carmelo opts out and goes elsewhere, you'd have to think Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher will make a pitch to LeBron. He wouldn't be in championship contention for another couple years in the Big Apple, but a short 2014-15 season might just be in line to rest his body after four straight Finals runs.

2. Miami Heat

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2. Miami Heat

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You know that Pat Riley is going to do whatever he can to keep James in Miami. Whether it's a pay increase or bringing in more stars, Riles will have to do something big. This Heat team as its currently constructed is not going to win another championship.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 6:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during the game against the New York Knicks on February 6, 2010 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavaliers won 113-106.  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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 6:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during the game against the New York Knicks on February 6, 2010 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavaliers won 113-106.  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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

Going back to Cleveland would be the best move for LBJ's career, hands down. It would lessen the amount of hate directed toward him, and it would bury those nasty memories of his departure in 2010. The Cavs have a year or two of rebuilding to do, but with Kyrie Irving already on board and the No. 1 pick at their disposal in this year's draft -- Cleveland is actually a fairly attractive destination compared to others.