LeBron James Flies Into LA On Eve Of NBA Free Agency

Now that James has informed the Cleveland Cavaliers he intends to become a free agent, the Lakers are one of just three realistic destinations for the NBA's best player. It doesn't mean he won't return to the Cavaliers.

Players and teams can agree to contracts immediately, but except for some limited exceptions, such as rookies inking their initial contracts, nothing can be signed until after the free agency moratorium period ends, which is noon EDT on July 6. There had been speculation James would consider opting into the final year of his current contract - which he had until 11:59 p.m. Friday to do. Whether is be Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston or anywhere else he desires to be, his ultimate goal will be to hang a banner in the rafters and adding another ring to his finger. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported this week that James would not be seeking out elaborate pitch meetings during the free-agency process. This lineup is based on just James signing with the Lakers, and not some of the other rumors that are circulating.

The three-time champion is now the most coveted prize in an National Basketball Association free-agent class that includes All-Stars Paul George and Chris Paul. I believe the Lakers have the inside track for getting LeBron. The Lakers have a lot more avenues to chase (the Warriors) down. James and Paul would have to work out discount shenanigans to make it work, which seems improbable. But the Lakers have slashed enough payroll to position themselves to afford James and another maximum-salary player.


At this point, the San Antonio Spurs are widely expected to trade star Kawhi Leonard. "I think the Lakers are the leaders for LeBron James".

In Sixers guard Ben Simmons, James sees a younger version of himself and he'd relish the chance to play alongside the 21-year-old while mentoring him.

LeBron James was spotted by AIR7 HD landing at Van Nuys Airport on Saturday after a long flight from the Caribbean. He averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game last season for the Cavaliers. It is important to note the lineup is likely to look different as the off-season progresses, even if James comes to L.A. Gilbert has gone above and beyond financial barriers to appease James, but the well could be running dry.


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