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Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing

Basketball: Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams LeBron James becomes an unrestricted free agent
Chelsea Rogers | 03 July, 2018, 02:18

Unfortunately, it was later discovered that James would not be at the meeting, but the Sixers are still looking forward to the opportunity of impressing and recruiting James. It is also not yet known whether James will meet with the Cavaliers later down the line.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion and best player in the world has not been a free agent in four years. Others competing for his signature can only offer a four-year contract worth $152 million. James dearly missed Irving's shot-making and firepower in the 2018 Finals, as Cleveland's point guard corps was an utter mess. 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. However, sources have said that the Sixers are still in the hunt for trading for Leonard as well. General manager Bryan Colangelo's resignation following an investigation into whether he created Twitter accounts to criticize his own players, has given the impression that the team isn't operating in concert and then would turn off James quickly. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding.

LeBron Jamesdoes not want to sit through elaborate pitch meetings for this free agency. Because they own his "Bird rights" the Cavs can offer James more money than any other team - a five-year, $207 million deal. Los Angeles, perhaps more than most places, is always searching for the next big thing.

The Lakers have a young, talented but inexperienced roster and they were hoping to land both James and possibly George.

For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him. 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.

The tweet made official what had been expected for days: James will ship West to Los Angeles after spending the past four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James' camp and the Cavaliers have been in regular dialogue since the season ended.

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According to ESPN, the 27-year-old is said to favour a move to Los Angeles, with the Lakers his preferred destination over the Clippers.

Wine-and-gold vs. Purple-and-gold. It is important to note the lineup is likely to look different as the off-season progresses, even if James comes to L.A.

Embiid sounds like someone who's either a little sore his team isn't going to get picked, or perhaps he's playing some brain games with James.

The game's biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team - run by Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson - that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding.

James will now need to consider becoming the first man to arrive in Los Angeles with no guarantees made about the Lakers' ability to acquire Kawhi Leonard in the near future.

If James stays and takes the supermax, he'll match Russell Westbrook's deal with the Thunder and have one of the top salaries in the National Basketball Association next season.

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