That’s according to former Cleveland general manager David Griffin, who suggests the Philadelphia 76ers hold an advantage over everybody else.
Griffin was with Cleveland when James decided to re-join the Cavaliers back in 2014.
The 33-year-old made a promise on his return to deliver title to his hometown, which he managed in 2016, and many expect him to head elsewhere when he enters free agency this summer.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and 76ers have emerged as the favourites to sign him.
But Griffin has explained why Philadelphia have a “leg up” over their rivals.
“I don’t know what boxes he would be checking,” Griffin said speaking to Zach Gelb on CBS Sports Radio.
“I think staying in the East probably gives him the best chance to win a championship if he was going to leave Cleveland.
“Maybe staying in Cleveland gives him the best chance to get there, I don’t know.
“If I knew what boxes he was going to check, I’d have a better feel for it.”
“I do think it is significant, though, that Rich Paul is the representative for Ben Simmons as well. So he’s going to know the organisation very well, and I think that will certainly give them a leg up, because I know Brett Brown is somebody that you’re going to look at when you’re LeBron, and you’re going to look at Pop, you’re going to look at the coach in LA … all the teams he’s went to, coaching is going to matter.
“And I think because Ben has intimate knowledge of Coach Brown, that will probably help.”