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LeBron reportedly opting out, becoming FA

LeBron reportedly opting out, becoming FA

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. Growing up in California, he has long stated his desire to suit up for the Lakers and has been linked heavily to the hometown team in Los Angeles.

"If the Lakers can close the deal in that meeting, they have a great chance of stealing LeBron James away from the Cavaliers".

Q: Besides James and George, who are other big-name free agents?

But the Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month and James makes no secret of wanting to play on a team that can challenge the Warriors, winners of three titles in four seasons, for NBA crowns. But there are at least three other teams - and maybe an outsider or two - with legitimate shots at landing James, who made it clear following this year's NBA Finals that he's still driven to win championships.

James' decision to opt out of his contract shrinks the number of teams that could be potentially pursuing him.

National Basketball Association all-star LeBron "King" James will reportedly become a free agent the second time in his 15-year career, Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon wrote on Twitter Friday.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

-Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, Yahoo Sports reported, though he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The meeting will be led by the Sixers' ownership group.

The Cavs have the $5.3 million taxpayer's midlevel exception available to them to spend on free agents, which they could offer to one player or try to split between two players in order to offer a slight premium over the veteran's minimum. Cleveland can offer a deal worth about $205 million over five years.

League sources also told ESPN the Celtics would want assurances that Leonard would not exercise his player option next summer and stay for just one season before leaving via free agency.

The emotional side to this is obvious, James is separating from the Cavs again (for the third time in four years) with no guarantees that he'll re-sign. They'd lose a few of their supporting pieces, but a trio of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Kawhi Leonard would be formidable.


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