Here's what LeBron James' free-agency means for Houston

30 June, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • LeBron’s next decision will test Cavs fans once again

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

But Vardon reports that James is enamored with the Lakers. With that, James will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 for the third time in his career. It would just be on a new contract, since James can make more money (and have more security) signing a fresh deal than he could if he had stayed in Cleveland on a one-year uncertainty. The 4x NBA MVP can still return to the Cavs on a five-year $207.4 million deal or go elsewhere, such as Los Angeles. Teams can begin negotiations with free agents at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

"King James" was drafted by the Cavs in 2003, before leaving in 2011 for Miami Heat. He's talking about the Los Angeles Lakers. On Thursday, George told the Oklahoma City Thunder he's declining his $20.7 million option for next season.

The Lakers, of course, are widely expected to sign to max free agents this offseason.

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- LeBron James is approaching a deadline that may be little more than a starting line. His Cavaliers downed the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, catapulting James to his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance.

Both teams have been reportedly pushing to get another superstar in order to further entice James. The two are good friends and there's little doubt they would relish the opportunity to play together after competing against each other for years. He showed no signs of slowing down, if anything he had found a new gear. The Rockets pushed the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference finals last month.

The big question all season has been whether the Akron native will leave Cleveland again and it's nearly time for him to provide us with an answer.

"I'm hearing that Kawhi Leonard isn't that enamored with the thought of coming to L.A. with LeBron", Stephen A. Smith said Wednesday on ESPN Radio.

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