LeBron James won't meet in person with Cavs when free agency starts

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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. But the Cavaliers are over the league's $101 million salary cap, whether they re-sign James or not.

LeBron James is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and officially becoming an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple reports.

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.

The question then becomes, are the Thunder or the Lakers better equipped to give George an opportunity to play for a championship?

While every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legitimate chance of signing him.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived center Thomas Bryant as the start of free agency neared.

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LeBron James will reportedly decline his $35.6 million player option for the 2018-2019 season, electing to become a free agent.

LEBRON James will reportedly not meet face-to-face with Cleveland officials as speculation continues to swirl about what his future holds after he opted into free agency on Saturday (AEST).

According to ESPN, he could still fetch as much as US$207 million over five years from Cleveland, while other teams can offer a maximum US$152 million over four years. He's told the San Antonio Spurs that he will sign elsewhere as a free agent in 2019, and the team appears to ready to move on from their top player.

As if losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third time in four years wasn't already tough enough, the frustration hit an all-time high this past season since the Cavaliers were swept by the back-to-back champions. Philadelphia is among the teams that could trade for Kawhi Leonard, which could entice James.

"This is a good day for the Los Angeles Lakers". It is important to note the lineup is likely to look different as the off-season progresses, even if James comes to L.A.

The Sixers can offer James a chance to play alongside budding, young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as well as stay in the Eastern Conference, where the path to the NBA Finals is far easier than out West. He finished second to Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the MVP voting. He averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assist in 82 games last season.

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