LeBron James’ reps meeting with Philadelphia

Monday, 02 Jul, 2018

LeBron James flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean.

While the common belief is that James will sign a long-term deal, he could do the same thing he's been doing since rejoining the Cavs.

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.

On another note, if James did in fact end up coming to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, chances are this would mean he would be attending a few football games in the fall.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived center Thomas Bryant as the start of free agency neared.

Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with the Clippers in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an unrestricted free agent.

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Cleveland has a couple of other veterans from last year's team set to be free agents - Jeff Green and Jose Calderon - but neither is considered a "first-pass" guy and should be still on the market after the Cavs have figured out James' plans.

The national media consensus hints that James does not wish to be the first big move if he chooses to join the young Lakers and instead prefers to see which assets the storied franchise can add, and keep, to help the Cavaliers superstar in his hunt for a fourth NBA championship and beyond. Philadelphia is among the teams that could trade for Kawhi Leonard, which could entice James.

Gilbert and James mended some fences for his return in 2014, but they remain distant other than a shared commitment to winning.

Kanter, who had originally hoped to sign a long-term contract this summer, told ESPN in a phone interview he took out an insurance policy that will pay him $20 million if he suffers a career-threatening injury because he will be playing on a one-year deal.

James, 33, would have made $35.6 million in the 2018-19 season had he exercised his option with the Cavs. Then Brown would bank on his relationship with the swingman, the chance to play with some of the NBA's best talent and a full year in a budding Sixers culture to sway Leonard into sticking around long term. The Sixers are also an elite defensive team, something that is often overlooked in the LeBron discussion. The four-time MVP's max salary would be $152 million over four years if he signs with another team.

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