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LeBron James: “I will own a team someday. That’s my next thing.”

James has his future after his career ends mapped out.

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LeBron James still has a lot of basketball left to play, and perhaps the greatest challenge of his career in front of him in this year’s NBA Finals. But when he does retire, he does know one thing he will do for sure: own an NBA team.

“I will own a team someday,” James told The Athletic. “That’s my next thing.”

This isn’t the first time James has mentioned the possibility of owning an NBA team and he’s already a part-owner of English Premier League club Liverpool FC.

“Why do I want to own team?” James told The Athletic. “I think it’ll be cool. I’ll stay part of the game and still be able to put people in positions of power. I’ve always loved that, putting people in a position of power to feel like they can make a change and make things happen.”

The question then becomes what teams will James own? The Athletic mentions that Rich Paul, Maverick Carter and other longtime James confidants would be part of his franchise. And, historically, James doesn’t join up with something that isn’t connected to him in some way. Unless Dan Gilbert decides to sell the Cavs, it seems unlikely Cleveland is an option unless being a minority owner is enough. As far as the Heat go, that seems unlikely as well.

Whatever James does, it’s another part of his story in the vein of Michael Jordan. And, one way or another, it will be interesting.

But there’s still more basketball for him to play before LeBron James, team owner becomes a reality.