LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM

Tyler Owen
July 1, 2018

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James decided not to pick up the option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making the 33-year-old a free agent and clearing the way for a team like the Los Angeles Lakers to sign him.

The four-time MVP is set to become the biggest name available once free agency officially begins at 11:01 p.m. Saturday.

Cleveland wants to develop its young talent - including rookie point guard Collin Sexton - but wouldn't pass up the right opportunity to add an established veteran with James to improve their chances of reaching another Finals, sources indicated.

With Cleveland hard-pressed to make significant roster additions, there may be better options available to LeBron in terms of contending for a championship. He's said how he would enjoy living the Los Angeles lifestyle and having his family move to that environment as well.

Same thing with Paul George, who opted for free agency instead of the $20.7 million he was due in Oklahoma City next season, and Kevin Durant, with an option for $26.3 million in 2018-19.

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In a report by ESPN , it was even stated that Kawhi has literally no intentions of stepping foot in the Spurs locker room again. But since Leonard and San Antonio president-coach Gregg Popovich met in San Diego last week, we haven't heard much.

They've struck out again and again in free agencies over the years. His reason for being there is unknown: The Lakers are considered a strong candidate to sign James, but he also has an offseason home in L.A.

As the window nears for LeBron James to let the Cleveland Cavaliers know if he will become a free agent, speculation is at an all-time high. James faces a Friday deadline to opt out of the final year of his existing contract with the Cavaliers. The Lakers, 76ers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have all reportedly held talks with San Antonio. Are the Lakers now in the driver's seat to land the King?

The Lakers could take a conservative approach by signing James, and retaining Julius Randle, who is a restricted free agent. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported this week that James would not be seeking elaborate pitch meetings during the free-agency process.

James this week posted videos to social media of his vacation in Anguilla.

Only about four hours until James can be free to make a decision. Even at the age of 33, James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game in 2017-18.

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