LeBron James declines player option with Cavaliers, set to become free agent

Rival GM Le Bron James would'let the roster come together for Lakers
Rival GM Le Bron James would'let the roster come together for Lakers

02 July, 2018

Marks has the pool of teams in the running down to three: the Lakers, the Sixers and the Cavaliers.

But while the Cavs and Lakers appear to be the front-runners for James, the Sixers aren't ready to give up the fight.

Free agency is here, and the rush is on to pitch LeBron James - or at least his representatives.

With prior reports this offseason that Leonard, who celebrates his 27th birthday Friday, wants out of San Antonio immediately, ESPN reports that while the Spurs are weighing short-term offers San Antonio apparently hopes to score a massive return on any deal for Leonard, the two-time All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

We may have seen the last of LeBron in a Cavs jersey. I think that he needs a father during that time and that's it.

And ESPN recently reported that James' agent, Rich Paul, will hold a meeting with Philadelphia later today as he continues to weigh up his options.

While George has dreamed about playing for the Lakers, he also feels like he left something on the table with the Thunder. Wherever he signs, James may ultimately finish his career with that team.

Now that James has informed the Cleveland Cavaliers he intends to become a free agent, the Lakers are one of just three realistic destinations for the NBA's best player. ESPN did not provide details of the contract extension.

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Kerr, 52, just finished the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed when he joined the Warriors in 2014.

It was James' eighth consecutive Finals appearance, a remarkable feat not matched since Hall of Famer Bill Russell and a handful of Celtics did it in the 1960s. He came back to the city that originally drafted him and delivered the franchise it's first championship.

By the end of the regular season, James extended that streak to 873 straight games. While signing with Los Angeles would not assure such a trip once again, they're absolutely in a better place this offseason than they were past year. He missed a total of 30 games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament and a bruised knee, as well as a sprained shoulder. The center from Turkey will make $18.6 million in 2018-19.

"Kanter alluded to his decision in a tweet with the hashtag "#MakeKnicksGreatAgain". The Houston Rockets were also thought to be in the mix, although his opting out seems to scuttle their chances as the Rockets would have likely needed a sign-and-trade deal to make a move work.

Bryant's $1.38 million contract for next season would have become fully guaranteed next week.

In regards to George, he faces a tough decision for free agency.

In addition to finding a reserve point guard, the Lakers will need to bring in other big men besides Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac to strengthen their frontcourt.

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