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Cleveland, Ohio — LeBron James told Larry King that the Cleveland Cavaliers definitely have “an edge” in the sweepstakes to sign the basketball star, who officially becomes a free agent on July 1.

James’ interview with King was taped at his Akron home. It will air as part of CNN’s special marking 25 years of “Larry King Live.” This abbreviated transcript was released by CNN.

King: Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in…

JAMES: Oh, absolutely.

KING: …your home team?

JAMES: Absolutely. Because, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it’s comfortable. So I’ve got a lot of memories here. And – and so it does have an edge.

James has not been available for interviews since the Cavs, who finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA, fell to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.