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

LEBRON James will reportedly not meet face-to-face with Cleveland officials as speculation continues to swirl about what his future holds after he opted into free agency on Saturday (AEST).

James would be the 12th, which means Cleveland will only be looking to fill two or three open roster spots as it is.

LeBron James' free agency decision is the never ending question on every National Basketball Association fan's mind.

Speculation had been mounting over the National Basketball Association star's future after his player option with the Cavs expired over the weekend.

"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team", Embiid wrote, referring to Kobe Bryant and Johnson.

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. As of right now, it appears Los Angeles is the favorite to sign him based on the on and off the court opportunities.

This frees him up to entertain offers from any team, but the most likely suitors are the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and even the Cavaliers.

The Lakers of course aren't the only team that would love to land James. The last time this happened, eight years ago, owner Dan Gilbert famously fired off a letter to his fan base decrying his superstar's decision to go to the Heat and declaring the Cavaliers would win a championship before James would.

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George's move has given James more to process, but the chance to restore Los Angeles to prominence may be just what he needs at this point in his career.

But NBA insiders say the Cavaliers are still in with a shot of keeping James.

"LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line".

Rich Paul informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not opt-in to his $35.6 million contract for the 18-19 season.

James gave Cleveland something to remember in his final season.

With the Lakers, James will be playing in the Western Conference for the first time and just down the Pacific Coast Highway from the Warriors, the team that has stymied him three times in the past four finals.

San Antonio Spurs: 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. Pairing with George on twin max deals in LA would have given James the breather he needed against Golden State while also setting up juicy interchangeable lineups with Leonard. The Indiana University product excelled for the Lakers' G League affiliate but averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 appearances for Los Angeles.

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