Lakers fan buys billboards to recruit LeBron James to LA

Thanks to NBA tampering rules, the Los Angeles Lakers cannot officially recruit NBA superstar LeBron James until his current deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers expires.

That rule does not apply to fans, however, and with James coming to town this weekend, personal injury attorney Jacob Emrani is putting up four billboards around town Wednesday, all entreating the three-time NBA champion to choose Los Angeles as his next NBA home, Emrani's office announced.

A photo showing one such billboard on Westwood Boulevard, featuring the hashtag #LABron, was posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The Cavaliers will be in Los Angeles for games Friday against the Clippers and Sunday against the Lakers.

James was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer of 2010, ultimately choosing to sign with the Miami Heat. Four years later he returned to his original NBA home in Cleveland, but he'll be a free agent once again after the NBA season ends in June.

Two weeks ago, a Philadelphia company had three billboards installed in downtown Cleveland, just minutes from Quicken Loans Arena, indicating the city's desire to have James join the 76ers.

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