Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

LeBron James returns to L.A. to plot his next move

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James will be an unrestricted free agent after deciding not to exercise his $35.6 million option for the 2018-19 season LeBron James declines player option with Cavaliers, set to become free agent: report
| 01 July, 2018, 13:49

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are considered to have the best chance to sign James aside from the Cavs, since the Houston Rockets don't have the cap space. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic. 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.

Should James re-sign with a shortened one-plus-one deal in Cleveland, his compensation for 2018-19 would be $35.4 million, and 2019-20 would jump to $38.2 million as the option year. Other big names include Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and Chris Paul. James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014.

Allow us to explain: Just a day before National Basketball Association free agency officially opens, TUMS announced it will provide free heartburn medicine for those with gastrointestinal issues that may arise of LeBron decides to move.

The Lakers will be desperate to convince James to head West for the first time in his career, particularly after missing out on the signing of Paul George last night.

The super-sleuths at Reddit's r/NBA subreddit scoured flight logs to find a private plane that went from Cleveland to Miami to Antigua this week, and on Saturday morning was headed to Los Angeles.


"It's going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers", he told reporters Tuesday, referring to several all-star free agents being available next summer. Both Vardon and ESPN's Zach Lowe disputed that report.

According to a separate ESPN report, James is unlikely to visit other teams or take an audience with suitors as he did in past free-agent circuits.

LeBron has expressed serious interest in coming to California to play his last few seasons. The decision makes Young an unrestricted free agent.

The 33-year-old averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals and shot 54.2 percent from the field this past season.

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