LeBron James becomes free agent

LeBron James becomes free agent

LeBron James becomes free agent

However, Vardon reported that James' mind would not be made up by Leonard landing or not landing with the Lakers. Houston could still try to acquire James in a sign and trade, but that triggers all kind of salary cap ramifications and would still necessitate losing important pieces to the point where LeBron wouldn't really be joining last year's version of the Rockets. For the next 36 hours or so, James is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but after word dropped on Friday morning that he would not opt into the final year of his contract, it became clear that the Cavs may be on borrowed time. Even that was a remote possibility.

With the ability to sign two maximum-contract players, the Lakers can build a "Super Team" with James if they are able to also land George or work out a trade with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard.

Fast forward a year, and it looks like another superstar player isn't interested in playing with James either.

Of course, the move could also be simply seen as a way for James to protect himself and family members from unwanted intrusions by media outlets.

"Well LeBron James reached out to Kevin Durant via text, from what I'm told, about coming to Los Angeles".

The rest of the National Basketball Association will be hoping for a quick decision, as well, as much of the league's free agency business will be held up until he decides what he wants to do.

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"As it pertains to LeBron James in LA, the reports have been that he's been making some phone calls or what have you", Smith said on First Take.

After the departure of Kyrie Irving last summer, James has been a lone soldier for much of the year and nearly single-handedly dragged his team back to the finals. His Cavaliers downed the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, catapulting James to his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance. Warriors fan David Ahn said, "He's won here, he's happy here and I don't think he's going to blow it up to go play where he might be second fiddle again".

The move is a serious blow to the Houston Rockets' chances of landing James and thus, a slight advantage for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The big question all season has been whether the Akron native will leave Cleveland again and it's nearly time for him to provide us with an answer. "I didn't realize that four years ago".

The bottomline: James' options are basically down to teams with cap space.

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