Gary Payton: LeBron James' Son Committed to Southern California High School

Where will LeBron James play next season?

That's the biggest question entering free agency this summer.

The Lakers are considered one of the top candidates to win the sweepstakes, and that's before this little nugget of information surfaced on Monday:

According to Gary Payton, LeBron James' son -- LeBron James Jr. -- is Southern California bound.

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"His son just committed to Sierra Canyon -- that's where his son is gonna go to school with Scottie Pippen's son and Kenyon Martin's son," Payton told Sheena Quick. "If everybody looks at it -- a son at that age, you don't want to be away from him for that period of time.

"He needs a father during that time ... I think he wants to be around his son a lot, see his son play."

Sierra Canyon High School is located in Chatsworth -- about 30 miles northwest of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

As ESPN's Brian Windhorst wrote over the weekend:

James' oldest son, Bronny, is 13. His younger son, Bryce, will turn 11 next week. They will be able to voice their feelings on the decision this time. They have spent time in Miami and Akron and even Los Angeles in the summers. Bronny is a standout basketball player who has a chance at an NBA future, and his development and comfort through his teen years, of course, is important.

It's hard to see him being apart from his family, which includes 3-year-old daughter Zhuri, at this stage of his life. In 2010, he left Savannah and his young sons in Ohio when he first moved to Miami. Now, where they want to live is a deeper factor.

We should probably mention that the Clippers also play in Los Angeles.

We should also mention that Payton doesn't think Steph Curry will be one of the top point guards of all-time, so........... keep that in mind.

Let the speculation begin!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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