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After years of preparation by some teams and months of anticipation by fans, LeBron James became the biggest free agent in NBA history on July 1. And as soon as he hit the market, rumors immediately began to swirl about where he'd land. Would he stay in his hometown and help the Cavs finally win a title? Would he take his talents to the Big Apple, where the Knicks spent two seasons trying to clear cap space for him? Would he go to Chicago and follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, or would he opt for sunny South Beach to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who agreed to deals with the Heat just days earlier?

On July 8, in an hour-long prime-time announcement, LeBron told the world he wanted to join Wade and Bosh in hopes of winning it all. Here's a look at some other big-name athletes -- not including sign-and-trades -- who also decided to make moves as a free agent.

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