LeBron James declining player option, will become unrestricted free agent

03 July, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Basketball: Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams

While teams can't begin meeting with free agents until the official start of free agency, it's believed James has a meeting scheduled with the Lakers.

San Antonio: James reveres Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but living in Texas doesn't seem appealing to the star's family and the Spurs are still trying to figure out what to do with Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season.

If James decides to stay with the Cavs, no one on the roster would be untouchable from a trade perspective, according to Vardon.

Entering his 16th National Basketball Association season, James had been with the Cavs for 11 of them with a four-year break at the Miami Heat in 2010-2014.

It was a striking change in Gilbert, who had written his letter in comic sans font and had called James the "so-called King". More than that, he has let his agent Rich Paul and the rest of his team handle dealings with teams (although LeBron himself has reached out to players he wants to team up with - player-to-player is not tampering under the NBA's rules). Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favourite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in year one.

Cleveland insider Dave McMenamin revealed James had spoken to Cavs GM Koby Altman by phone at 12.01am this morning while AP reporter Tom Withers claimed the four-time MVP would make a speedy decision within the next couple of days.


This could be the last big free agent contract of his career. The only problem was they got swept by the Warriors, and James appeared to be mulling free agency before the series even ended. James is now eligible to sign a five-year supermax deal with the Cavaliers that would be worth $205 million over five seasons.

According to the report, it is unclear that the two sides have set up a meeting. But if they choose not to do that, there will be few options for employment for Cousins or other players on the market for more than the mid-level exception.

"LeBron James, four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, and two-time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers", Klutch Sports Group said on Twitter.

It only gets more wild from there though as a fan posted video appeared to show James' auto, closely tailed by a black van carrying his luggage.

While winning the Leonard sweepstakes would surely cost L.A. several of its young players and draft-pick assets, it would guarantee James a legitimate superstar running mate and would not affect the Lakers' ability to offer James a max deal.

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.

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