Gregg Popovich is another wild card in the summer of LeBron

Add another intriguing summertime option that will vie for LeBron James’ services.

The latest tidbit on James’ future comes from The New York Times, which reported this weekend that the Spurs want a place on his already-lengthy list of potential destinations. The three-time NBA champion is already linked with Cleveland, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami and Los Angeles (Lakers).

Now, coach Gregg Popovich will reportedly try to wrangle his way into a conversation with James to sell him on the Spurs, opening the door for two of the faces of the NBA joining forces. James has previously called Popovich a “great mastermind” and even “the greatest coach of all time.”

James is expected to opt out this season, while all other details remain steeped in mystery. His former teammate and close friend, Dwyane Wade, also added some insight into his decision, when he appeared on Fox Sports Radio over the weekend.

“I think at this point in his life it’s more so of a lifestyle thing,” Wade said. “Where is my family going to be the most comfortable at? Where am I going to be the happiest at? Because basketball-wise he’s so great, he can take along whoever.”

Wade’s comments suggest LeBron could bolt to Los Angeles, where he already owns a house, or even return to Miami, where he and his family spent four years while he won two championships with the Heat. There’s always the possibility he’ll stick with his hometown team and keep his family in Cleveland. Or, there’s been speculation he’ll head Houston so he can play with good friend Chris Paul.

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