Now that the Miami Heat have missed out on winning their third straight NBA title after falling to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the NBA Finals, the speculation around the future of the Heat’s big three, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and most importantly, LeBron James, will hit new heights.
Most expect James to remain with the Heat, but the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will all be making a play for James.
Our friends over at Bovada have made the Heat the heavy favorite to retain James and have sent over their latest odds regarding his potential destination.
Where will Lebron James Play his first game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
Chicago Bulls 13/2
Houston Rockets 13/2
Los Angeles Lakers 15/1
Bovada has also sent over the odds for each team if they sign (or lose) James or New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
Hypothetical Odds to win the title depending on where LeBron and Carmelo play next year
Knicks if Carmelo Anthony leaves: 40-1 75-1
Heat if LeBron leaves: 7-2 25-1
Heat if they sign Anthony (assuming LeBron/Bosh/Wade stay): 7-2 5-2
Bulls if they sign Anthony: 10-1 5-1
Rockets if they sign Anthony: 16-1 9-1
Mavericks if they sign Anthony: 33-1 16-1
Lakers if they sign Anthony: 25-1 12-1
Bulls if they sign LeBron: 10-1 2-1
Rockets if they sign LeBron: 16-1 5-1
Mavericks if they sign LeBron: 33-1 6-1
Cavaliers if they sign LeBron: 25-1 3-1
Lakers if they sign LeBron: 25-1 11-2
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe this season.