BEFORE KING JAMES PICKS A NEW PARTNER, HE'LL CONSIDER SEVERAL SUITORS

GET READY for another Summer of LeBron. The NBA's best player, LeBron James, is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career.

With a simple signature, James can change the balance of the entire league—like he did in 2010, when he formed a superteam with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and 2014, when the Northeast Ohio native returned to the Cavaliers. This year, the 33-year-old can opt to remain with Cleveland, where he's taken his team to four straight Finals, or go in search of a franchise better suited to topple the Warriors.

Until LeBron decides where he's going to play, everyone who has ever so much as looked at a basketball will scrutinize his every move. But the four-time MVP's decision might hinge on a lot more than just hoops. In case you're pondering LeBron's best options, here's a handy pro-con list—featuring a few underappreciated factors—for his most likely free-agent destinations.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CLEVELAND

OHIO

PROS

LeBron can save on moving expenses, keep his kids enrolled in the same school and continue making life uncomfortable for Dan Gilbert.

CONS

Being the owner, GM, coach and star player simultaneously can get pretty tiring. A teammate literally forgot the score during a Finals game.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PHILADELPHIA

PENNSYLVANIA

PROS

The Sixers have two young stars and can trade for the running mate of LeBron's choice. Meek Mill is a cooler local celebrity than ... Drew Carey?

CONS

Despite LeBron's annual playoff social media shutdown, you know Joel Embiid won't be able to resist showing him tweets on the team plane.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

LOS ANGELES

CALIFORNIA

PROS

LeBron already owns a mansion in L.A., he can star in movies on the side and he can escape frigid Ohio for Southern California's sunny skies.

CONS

So far, Magic Johnson has had more success running Starbucks franchises than the Lakers. Also, LeBron will be forced to interact with LaVar Ball.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

HOUSTON

TEXAS

PROS

James can conserve energy while Chris Paul and James Harden handle the offense. Plus, Houston's Viet-Cajun food scene is booming.

CONS

LeBron might find himself standing in the corner empty-handed 14 times a night while Harden isolates and dribbles for 16 seconds against a hapless big man.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A PHILADELPHIA WOMAN WAS HOSPITALIZED AFTER SHE WAS SHOT IN THE FACE WITH A HOT DOG GUN FIRED BY THE PHILLIE PHANATIC.

THEY SAID IT

"I HEARD THAT WESTERN PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNIZE ASIAN PEOPLE'S FACES, SO THAT WAS MY LITTLE TRICK TO CONFUSE THE OPPONENTS."

SHIN TAE-YONG, coach of the South Korean national soccer team, explaining why his players did not wear their usual jersey numbers in World Cup warmup matches.