LeBron back in Los Angeles as start of free agency nears

LeBron back in Los Angeles as start of free agency nears

LeBron back in Los Angeles as start of free agency nears

He also opted out of his contract with Cleveland in 2015, to sign a new two year deal with a one year option.

However, Redick's contract situation was inextricably tied to loftier pursuits from the Sixers and, even beyond that, the "balloon payment" nature of his last deal was always going to make things complicated moving forward.

Even if the 76ers miss out on Leonard, they will surely be active trying to boost their bench, which struggled previous year and already lost Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova this offseason.

The balance of power in the National Basketball Association could shift if James chooses to leave Cleveland and create a new superteam with the Los Angeles Lakers or join a burgeoning power such as the Houston Rockets or Philadelphia 76ers. Lopez, Randle and Caldwell-Pope all played a significant role for Los Angeles last season, starting a combined 195 games.

For the third time in eight years, LeBron James is a free agent.

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The Sixers already have the cap space to simply sign LeBron James, so if they were able to make a trade for Leonard, they wouldn't have to make any subsequent moves to add "The King". The Cavaliers had said publicly that if James left, they would still try to win.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers will try to sell LeBron's group on the possibility of teaming up with Kawhi Leonard - not in Los Angeles, but in Philadelphia. The intuitive move could be to break it down and compile some assets for high-paid stars. The four-time NBA MVP entered the open market when he declined to exercise his one-year player option Friday.

Redick, 34, had a tremendous impact on the 76ers last season, averaging a career-best 17 points and shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.

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