LeBron James Spoke To 1 NBA Team Just After Midnight
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 02, 2018,
Jul 02, 2018, 1:53
LeBron resides in LA during the offseason, and has done for many a year now, but with the Lakers being his most likely destination in free agency, every detail of his life pertaining to the Los Angeles area is being analysed in microscopic detail. He could be there longer than usual.
LeBron James was spotted flying a private plane into Los Angeles on Saturday, according to an ESPN SportsCenter report, but Lakers fans shouldn't get their hopes up about their team reeling in the NBA's most coveted free agent just yet. They are effectively out of the LeBron James Sweepstakes, though they are expected to keep free-agent-to-be Chris Paul.
James is also being pursued by the Lakers, who have enough salary-cap space to sign him and another star player.
By opting out, though, James has left himself with Cleveland, Los Angeles and Philadelphia as the three places he is most likely to wind up playing his 16th National Basketball Association season.
Eight years after LeBron James left his hometown of Cleveland behind - with no championship success and a team that without him were only capable of winning under 20 games the following season - the threat hangs in the air again as James has opted out of his $31 million contract option next season.
The 76ers' contingent was to be led by their ownership group headed by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, a person with knowledge of the details told AP.
"This is a good day for the Los Angeles Lakers".
What this signals more than anything else is that there could be much shifting around with the Lakers in their attempt to present a more feasible team with their pursuit of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. Cleveland has deep salary-cap issues - partially caused by James' failure to commit long-term - and the Cavs now lack enough talent to unseat the champion Golden State Warriors.
The Sixers can offer James a chance to play alongside budding, young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as well as stay in the Eastern Conference, where the path to the NBA Finals is far easier than out West.
He would be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million free-agent deal with Cleveland this summer.
Even after 15 years in the league, James is coming off one of the top seasons of his career, ending with his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. He finished second to Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the MVP voting.
He played all 82 regular-season games for the first time, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game.