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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers given insane odds to sign LeBron James this offseason

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It’s going to be really hard to get any value if you’re betting that LeBron James will start next season with the Lakers.

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If you were hoping to get any kind of decent return on a bet that LeBron James would start next season with the Los Angeles Lakers, it would seem that time has passed. According to MyBookie, the Lakers sit at an absolutely astounding -5000 to sign James this summer.

For reference, that computes to that oddsmaker thinking the Lakers are 98% likely to lure LeBron away from Cleveland. You would have to pay $5,000 to merely walk away with $100. That’s nothing short of incredible.

We’ve already seen reports today that LeBron will offer the Cavs a meeting only by phone and that his plane landed earlier today in Los Angeles. Does this guarantee that he will indeed meet with Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss in person? Of course not, but the proximity sure as hell helps.

As always, it’s important to point out how public a team that the Lakers are. Laker fans all over the world are going to want to wager that the best player in the NBA might sign with their favorite team. There is also obviously a need for oddsmakers to be correct more often than not, but they’re in the business of presenting value. They’re going to do whatever they can to get people to put money on the line either way.

Free agency hasn’t even kicked off yet and it’s hard not to feel like the Lakers have all the momentum in the chase for James. That can obviously change and there are still reports saying that the Cavs feel like they’re still in this thing, but who cares. Throw caution into the wind. Pre-order your LeBron James, Los Angeles Laker jersey. What could possibly go wrong?

(Important note: Please don’t do this and if you do, I nor Silver Screen and Roll are responsible for your decision to do so. If you’re going to hold anyone accountable, make sure it’s Harrison Faigen okay thanks bye)