LeBron says Cavaliers have "edge" in signing him

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cleveland forward LeBron James offered the strongest hint yet that he will remain with the Cavaliers with the twice MVP saying the team has an edge over other potential suitors when free agency begins on July 1.

In a CNN interview with television personality Larry King to be broadcast on Friday, James agreed Cleveland had "an edge" over other teams eager to sign the six-times All-Star.

"Oh, absolutely," James told King in a portion of the interview released by CNN on Tuesday. "This city, these fans ... 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 so it does have an edge."

The 25-year-old has never won a championship and many reports have suggested the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls will be among the teams interested in landing James.

However, James was born in Ohio and has spent his entire seven-season NBA career with Cleveland.

He has maintained a relatively low profile since the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, previously saying he and his advisers would weigh up his options for the future.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)