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SA Zoo woos LeBron James

The hype around the possibility of LeBron James joining the San Antonio Spurs this summer continues to grow.

It might be hard to match the love the city of Cleveland has for its homegrown hero, but the Alamo City is trying to show LeBron James that it would be a welcoming place for the 4-time NBA MVP to continue his career.

James, 33, is widely expected to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cavs this summer and become a free agent. The Spurs are considered serious contenders to land him.

While coach Gregg Popovich is leading the official push to convince James to join the Silver and Black, the unofficial push is officially on, thanks to the San Antonio Zoo.

That would be four 2018-19 Zoo passes; one each for Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

Parker and Ginobili could be on different teams (or retired) next season, and Leonard's uncertain future with the team has been a focus of the Spurs front office going into the summer.

As for James, he has stated that his family will play a bigger role in his free agency decision this year. The San Antonio Zoo is one of the city's many family-friendly attractions for James, a father of three.

A Zoo annual pass costs $35 per person, so it's not as though James couldn't afford it on a contract that's expected to be worth at least $30 million per year.

Still, it takes a lot to sign the NBA's top free agent, and every little detail matters. Like, for example, the lack of a state income tax in Texas, as the Zoo's tweet also points out.

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