LeBron James Speaks to Cleveland GM as Free Agency Opens

Posted July 02, 2018

LeBron resides in LA during the offseason, and has done for many a year now, but with the Lakers being his most likely destination in free agency, every detail of his life pertaining to the Los Angeles area is being analysed in microscopic detail.

But it appears the same can not be said for southern California. Los Angeles has yet to sign 25th overall pick Mo Wagner, meaning his rights can potentially be included in a trade; the Lakers are also willing to offer ex-No.

So much for the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a face-to-face meeting with LeBron James in an attempt to entice him to re-sign.

James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday.

The concept of James joining the Lakers included teaming with Paul George, a hometown high scoring forward, and perhaps either guard Chris Paul or Kawhi Leonard, another forward who is seeking a trade from the San Antonio Spurs and has his eyes on Los Angeles. Think about how easy it should be to build a strong contender around a dominant player like James, and when seeing how poor of a job the Cavaliers did this past season, seeing James opt out really isn't all that surprising.

James, who won the National Basketball Association (NBA) crown with the Cavs in 2016, said after this year's Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors that he would consult his family before deciding on his future.

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Just like qualification, it doesn't matter how you get there, the crucial thing is to do it. But with minutes remaining, any kind of urgency went from the game.

And the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly have a good chance at landing arguably the NBA's top player of the past 15 years.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS: Salary-cap space, business interests, iconic franchise.

The 76ers' contingent was to be led by their ownership group headed by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, a person with knowledge of the details told AP.

There will be a lot of coverage of this story this summer and a lot of let down once LeBron signs a long term deal with his current team with an opt out after two seasons, leaving us to have the same conversation two years from now. Philadelphia, who finished third in the East last season, can give him reigning Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and All-NBA talent Joel Embiid.

LeBron James made the first move.

Always one to pride himself on efficiency, James shot 54.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range.

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