Lakers heavily favored to sign LeBron

5Dimes has the Lakers listed as -280 ‘chalk’ to score the services of LeBron James once free agency starts at midnight Eastern on July 1.

Published on Wednesday, 6/27/18, at 4:08 a.m. Eastern.

The odds on where LeBron James will play next season are seemingly changing on a day-to-day basis. With the start of free agency looming at midnight Eastern on July 1, these are the latest numbers from as of early Wednesday morning:

Lakers -280 ‘chalk’ (risk $280 to win $100)
Cavaliers +260 (risk $100 to win $260)
76ers +475
Rockets +650
Celtics +700 or 7/1
Knicks 20/1
Spurs 25/1
Clippers 33/1
Thunder 50/1
Timberwolves 80/1
Raptors 90/1
Warriors 100/1
Wizards 100/1
Hornets 110/1
Mavericks 135/1

If you’re looking to make a wager on LeBron to the Lakers, I noticed that only had L.A. as the -155 favorite this morning. Therefore, if you have an account at 5Dimes and BetOnline, you want to take the Lakers at BetOnline.

5Dimes has a prop for LeBron to win 6+ NBA Championships. I’m going to assume if he wins exactly six, that’ll be a push and he has to win seven for the ‘over’ and five or fewer for the ‘under.’ The odds are 14/1 for him to win more than six. For LBJ to win five or fewer, ‘chalk’ eaters must lay a -3600 price (meaning risk $3,600 to win $100).

The Clippers traded Austin Rivers to the Wizards yesterday for center Marcin Gortat.

In other NBA news, the Clippers shipped Austin Rivers, the son of head coach Doc Rivers, to Washington on Tuesday for center Marcin Gortat. Rivers averaged 15.1 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game this past year, but the Clippers added a pair of guards with first-round picks last week in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) and Jerome Robinson (Boston College).

Rivers will provide instant offense off the bench for the Wizards, who can probably slide Bradley Beal over to the ‘3’ at times and play Rivers with both Beal and star PG John Wall. Rivers can play the point or off the ball.

The acquisition of Gortat, a declining 34-year-old center, indicates that the Clippers are expecting DeAndre Jordan to sign elsewhere in free agency. Gortat averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in 2017-18, but he no longer fit with the Wizards and their uptempo, guard-oriented style.

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