LeBron James returns to LA hours before free agency opens

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LeBron James returns to LA before free agency opens
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LeBron James was spotted by AIR7 HD landing at Van Nuys Airport on Saturday after a long flight from the Caribbean. He could be in Southern California longer than usual.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- LeBron James was spotted by AIR7 HD landing at Van Nuys Airport on Saturday after a long flight from the Caribbean. He could be in Southern California longer than usual.

The basketball player arrived just hours before NBA free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize.

It's important to note, however, that James is known to spend his summers in Los Angeles at one of his two homes.

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On Friday, he opted out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers to officially become a free agent.

The Cavs can offer a five-year, $205 million max deal, while the Los Angeles Lakers have four years and $152 million on the table.

No one will know anything until 9 p.m. PST at the earliest, when the NBA free agency window officially opens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.