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NBA News: LeBron James addresses Lakers rumors, Dwight Howard to play Sunday

A story came out yesterday that the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to target LeBron James in 2014, when he can opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and become a free agent.

The idea behind this is that Kobe Bryant might retire after playing two more seasons which would open up the cap room to go after a player like LeBron. LeBron will almost certainly opt out of his contract even if he plans to stay with Miami simply to get a maximum contract.

LeBron was asked about the rumors yesterday.

“That story, I don’t know where it came from, but I understand why it came up because of who I am — it’s going to happen,” LeBron said. “But I’m not going to worry about it. I’ve got to continue to stay focused with these guys and make sure we’re ready for any challenges that come.”

Meanwhile, Dwight Howard is still recovering from having surgery on his back this offseason and has yet to play in the preseason. A source has said that Howard is eyeing the Lakers’ game Sunday vs. the Sacramento Kings for his return.

Howard went on to say that he will be “nervous” somewhat when he returns to the floor.

“I know I’m going to be a little rusty, I haven’t played in so long,” Howard said. “It’s going be a little different, but I’m looking forward to it. Once I get my first dunk or my first block, everything will be OK.”

It will be interesting to see Howard in a Lakers uniform playing with Steve Nash and Kobe for the first time and how well they work together.

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