LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears


LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Lakers have open spaces and they headline almost every conversation that goes along the lines of LeBron James and or Paul George. However, James could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is that he appears ready to move. The only problem was they got swept by the Warriors, and James appeared to be mulling free agency before the series even ended. By the end of the offseason it will probably show that the vast majority of moves will be affected by what James does as veterans delay their own decisions on the chance they might be able to join James' team. Adding that dynamic duo would give the Lakers more leverage in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard, who wants out of San Antonio.

On Friday, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers did the expected and declined his option to make over $35 million next season as a Cavalier, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent.

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The four-time MVP may still sign with Cleveland but the echoes are growing louder that James will create another superteam by joining either the Houston Rockets, the LA Lakers or the Philadelphia 76ers.

James would be the 12th, which means Cleveland will only be looking to fill two or three open roster spots as it is. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago.

Interestingly, Embiid's recruitment of James isn't something that is new to everyone.

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That proved to be incorrect, and four years later, Gilbert had to mend fences with James to get him back to Cleveland for a second time. Only the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks have more than $20 million in cap space less than a full day into free agency. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award victor. And by coming to Philly, James believes he would have a great chance to play in his ninth consecutive NBA Finals.

"Sources told cleveland.com this week that the Cavs would not trade Love, a five-time All-Star who is owed about $50 million over the next two seasons, if James leaves as a free agent". This lineup is based on just James signing with the Lakers, and not some of the other rumors that are circulating. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.

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