LeBron James free to make a move: Crowquill

Tyler Owen
July 3, 2018

James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation Saturday before National Basketball Association free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said. He's letting James know in advance that he won't gain anything for his legacy if he went to the Lakers.

Sources tell ESPN the team has been regularly communicating with James and his representatives since the season ended.

So, it boils down to this. there good news coming for the Sixers, and quite the opposite for the Lakers.

LeBron James has officially joined the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year deal, and it sounds as if it is only a matter of time before he and Kawhi Leonard are teammates. Any other suitor can offer a four-year pact worth $152 million. James dearly missed Irving's shot-making and firepower in the 2018 Finals, as Cleveland's point guard corps was an utter mess.

James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer, there's a legitimate chance that James chooses the Sixers. His agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will discuss all of his business over the phone.

ESPN also reports the 76ers have also made an offer for Leonard, with Philadelphia only having to make small adjustments to their roster to have enough cash in the kitty to offer James a max contract.

Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favorite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in Year One. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding.

This could be the last big free agent contract of his career.

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James came back four years ago to a hero's welcome, something that seemed unimaginable when he left in disgrace four years earlier for Miami. Los Angeles, perhaps more than most places, is always searching for the next big thing. From July 6, LeBron could sign a deal and announce his next destination. James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

After declining his $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, LeBron James will officially become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Should he, too, land in Los Angeles, the Lakers may have the pieces to truly challenge Golden State.

Wine-and-gold vs. Purple-and-gold.

James gave Cleveland something to remember in his final season.

Free agency hasn't even started yet. After all, that team belongs to Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson (literally).

In June, Gary Payton fueled rumors that James would end up in Los Angeles by telling a reporter that James' 13-year-old son had committed to play at Sierra Canyon High School in Los Angeles next year. Along the way, James's pitch usually produced swift decisions and tidy outcomes because it was self-evident and airtight: Playing with James guaranteed that you would win a lot, compete for titles every year, and become more famous simply by being in his orbit.

For now, though, he's not attached to anyone. The terms were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can not become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends this week.

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