LeBron factor adds chaos to 2019 NBA title odds

Las Vegas oddsmakers have released their favorites for the 2019 NBA title, but the numbers come with a big disclaimer.

LeBron James changes everything.

How else to explain the Philadelphia 76ers at 7/2 or the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat at 20/1? The Houston Rockets are also at 7/2, despite the impending free agency of Chris Paul and Clint Capela.

Westgate SuperBook oddsmaker John Murray explained his sportsbook's reasoning to ESPN.

"When you have LeBron in free agency, you have to be careful," Murray said. "You've got Philadelphia, Miami, the Lakers and even Houston as potential destinations [outside of Cleveland]. We cut all of those teams' odds down, and we'll raise back up the teams he doesn't sign with."

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LeBron James' and Chris Paul's relationship through the years
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LeBron James' and Chris Paul's relationship through the years
CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 2: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs Chris Paul #3 (R) of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets before their game on November 2, 2005 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 17: Chris Paul #3 of the Rookie Team talks to LeBron James prior to the 2006 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on February 17, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans/Oklahoma Hornets, Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat, LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns acknowledge the fans during introductions for the PlayStation Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night during 2006 All-Star Weekend February 18, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 1: Chris Paul #18, LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #9 of the USA Senior Men's National Team look on as their team plays against the Puerto Rico Senior National Team on August 1, 2006 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Hong Kong, CHINA: Coach of the USA team headed to the World Basketball Championships in Japan later this month, Mike Krzyzewski (R), looks on as star player swingman LeBron James (C) of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes video footage of guard Chris Paul (L) of New Orleans during a promotional stop in Hong Kong, 09 August 2006. Krzyzewski and James, who gave a press conference, met local players and watched a game put on by youngsters, arrived from mainland China where the USA team played against China and Brazil in their first warm-up matches ahead of the World Basketball Championships 19 August - 03 September. Paul made an appearance in the last minute on behalf of an invitation by James. AFP PHOTO / Richard A. BROOKS (Photo credit should read RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James (left) and New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (right) during the Chris Paul's Winston-Salem Weekend Celebrity Bowling Tournament presented by Toyota Saturday, September 16, 2006, at AMF Winston-Salem Lanes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 30: (L-R) NBA players Deron Williams, Chris Paul and LeBron James attend the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team unveiling of their new team look to fans at the Water Club and Rockefeller Center June 30, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
United States' men's team members LeBron James and Chris Paul cheer on the USA women as they face China on Monday, August 11, 2008, in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
(L to R) USA's Jason Kidd, USA's LeBron James and USA's Paul Chris celebrate at the end of the men's basketball gold medal match Spain against The US of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 at the Olympic basketball Arena in Beijing. The US won 118-107. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING - AUGUST 24: Chris Paul #13 and LeBron James #6 of the U.S. Men's Senior National Team poses for portraits after defeating Spain 118-107 in the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the Intercontinental Hotel on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 24: Le Bron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets talk with a fan during the East & West All-Star Practice on center Court at Jam Session presented by Adidas during NBA All-Star Weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: (L-R) James Harden, Chris Paul and LeBron James of the United States walk the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and Chris Paul pose on the podium after the London 2012 Olympic Games men's gold medal basketball game between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat greets Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers following their game at the Staples Center on November 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Lebron James, USA, celebrates victory with team mate Chris Paul during the Men's Basketball Final between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 12th August 2012. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: LeBron James #23 of the Eastern Conference and Chris Paul #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies greet each other before the 64th NBA All-Star Game presented by KIA as part of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 15, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: LeBron James #23 of the Eastern Conference handles the ball against Chris Paul #3 of the Western Conference during the 2015 NBA All-Star Game as part of the 2015 All-Star Weekend at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
THE 2016 ESPYS - Theatre - On July 13, some of the worlds premier athletes and biggest stars join host John Cena on stage for The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One. The 24th annual celebration of the best moments from the year in sports will be televised live from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Photo by Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) CARMELO ANTHONY, DWYANE WADE, CHRIS PAUL, LEBRON JAMES
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 01: Chris Paul #3 of the LA Clippers and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers greet each other during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Clippers defeated the Cavaliers 113-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Murray said there's a good chance the Lakers will add Paul George to a young roster that went 35-47 this season, but that adding LeBron would make the Lakers true contenders in the West.

"They'd draw a lot of action and probably would have the third-best odds in the West behind Houston and Golden State if LeBron went there. Without him, they'd probably be in the 60-1 to 80-1 range."

The Golden State Warriors, who lead the NBA Finals 1-0 against James' Cavaliers, are installed as 5/4 favorites to win next year's title. That's unlikely to change, unless James were to join the Rockets and Paul and Capela stayed as well.

The Cavaliers were listed at 40-1 to win the title before he returned as a free agent in 2014. Those odds dropped to 3-1 after his decision became official.

--Field Level Media

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