Early Predictions for LeBron James' Top Suitors in 2014

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Early Predictions for LeBron James' Top Suitors in 2014
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If LeBron James opts out of his contract with the Miami Heat at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, he'll become one of the most heavily pursued free agents in the history of sports. 

That's not an exaggeration, as it's quite rare that the best player in basketball (by a wide margin right now) hits the open market and gets chased by one of the most storied athletic franchises in the world. 

So, which teams are going to become his top suitors? 

It's absolutely vital to note the perspective from which this is written. I don't care about where LeBron wants to go. That's utterly irrelevant. This is all about which teams will chase after him in hopes of landing the reigning MVP. 

Although more teams will want to get into the running—the Charlotte Bobcats, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, etc.—those squads have more pressing needs than chasing a pipe dream. The five organizations you'll see presented here have the financial ability and mental space necessary to worry about a pursuit. 

The Chicago Bulls are another team that could possibly go after LeBron, but doing so would require amnestying Carlos Boozer, cutting ties with Luol Deng, shipping out Mike Dunleavy and convincing Joakim Noah not to beat up LeBron every day. Consider them the honorable mention. 

Now, let's take a speculative look at the five biggest suitors. 

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