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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James gestures during the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of an NBA basketball secondround playoff game in Boston. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James gestures during the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of an NBA basketball secondround playoff game in Boston.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James' hometown is throwing him a big party. Nobody knows if it's a farewell bash yet.

James' contributions to Akron will be celebrated on Saturday at "LeBron Appreciation Day," an event organized by community leaders to show the local superstar how much he is loved as he approaches free agency.

The three-hour rally is being held at InfoCision Stadium on the University of Akron's campus, across from Rhodes Arena, where James accepted his second straight NBA MVP award last month.

Organizers said James is aware of the event, but don't know if he'll attend.

James can become a free agent on July 1 and consider offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers and other teams. He is not expected to announce his plans before hitting the free-agent market.

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