NBA Free Agency: What Teams Can Pair LeBron James with Another Big Name?

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NBA Free Agency: What Teams Can Pair LeBron James with Another Big Name?

We're still two days away from the most significant free-agent class in NBA history, and the LeBron James rumor mill is spinning faster and faster by the second.

If you believe Stephen A. Smith, it's a guarantee that LeBron will be teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami next year. Of course, this is the same guy that last week said the Knicks were going to ink No. 23, er, No. 6.

Or maybe you believe an unnamed executive who was quoted in the New York Times as saying LeBron and Bosh to Chicago is a "done deal."

And if that doesn't convince you, surely this sterling analysis on where LeBron ends up next year will.

Regardless, if (I know I'm in the minority, but I still consider it a big "if") LeBron James is to leave Cleveland, it's not because he's no longer attached to the city.

It won't be for the chance to play in the bright lights of New York and to further globalize the LeBron brand.

Nor will it be simply for a "fresh start" away from Ohio. No, if LeBron James bolts, it'll be the opportunity to team up with another elite player that most likely is the primary reason for his departure.

If we've learned anything from the last 60 NBA champions, it's that even the best superstar needs a viable supporting cast—specifically, a go-to No. 2 option.

Kobe Bryant needed Pau Gasol. Tim Duncan needed Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen. Larry Bird needed Kevin McHale. Magic Johnson needed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bill Russell needed Bob Cousy and Tommy Heinsohn.

The list goes on and on.

So who are the teams (excluding the Cavs) that are best situated to pair LeBron with someone like Bosh, Wade, Joe Johnson, or Amar'e Stoudemire? Let's take a look and, in honor of Bodog removing their lines on where James will play next season, make up our own odds of their chances to sign the King.

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