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NBA rumors: LeBron James wants to own an NBA team

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LeBron James has championships, money and all the perks that come with being an NBA superstar. He wants to add even more to his legacy one day, by owning his own team. He'll likely have the money and intuitive basketball knowledge to do so when he retires.

According to ESPN, LeBron appeared on the Open Run podcast and spoke of his basketball intelligence. He noted he has a good eye for talent but wouldn't necessarily be a "fully hands-on" guy. He would need others to take on the more hands-on parts of the team operation.

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In the podcast interview, LeBron said, "I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game. I would love to be a part of a franchise — if not at the top. ... My dream is to actually own a team. I don't need to [be] fully hands-on. If I'm fortunate enough to own a team, then I'll going to hire the best GM and president that I can."

If LeBron were to own an NBA team he'd put himself in familiar superstar company. Michael Jordan, the man LeBron has said he's chasing in terms of legacy, is a principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan has seen ups and downs in terms of ownership, with his team reaching the playoffs a couple times over the past three seasons but bowing out in the first round on both occasions.

Teams usually cost a few billion, but LeBron could potentially have the bank account that allows him to make the move into ownership. His Nike lifetime contract is worth more than a billion dollars on its own. That's without taking into account his actual salary for playing hoops and his other endorsement and business deals.

So that raises the big question. Would LeBron become an owner for his current team the Cleveland Cavaliers, his former squad the Miami Heat or another? How ironic would it be if LeBron were to become an owner of the Chicago Bulls, the team that MJ made famous?

With ownership of a team, LeBron would add even more net worth to his name. It would all add up along with his lucrative endorsement deals and ongoing business ventures. The man has become a brand much like Jordan, and will likely continue to work that brand when he's done participating in the game on the court.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Alan Anderson #6 of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 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. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 110-88. 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. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers makes a shot over Luke Babbitt #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on December 12, 2014 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. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena on December 21, 2014 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. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on December 23, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Kevin Love #0 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react after a play in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena on December 23, 2014 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. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 and Mike Miller #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high-five during a game against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat converse during a game at the American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris, right, defends against the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic during the game on December 26, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends against the Detroit Pistons during the game on December 28, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Detroit Pistons on December 28, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for the dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks to pass during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives down the court against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles to the basket against Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers laughs during an interview after the winning game against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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