Lakers, Celtics, 76ers jockeying for Leonard

James just flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean - fuelling talk the LA Lakers are the frontrunners to secure his services.

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California.

James can also re-sign with the Cavaliers, who can offer him more money in free agency. However, James could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is that he appears ready to move.

Finally in not so surprising news- LeBron James is a free agent. With some savvy moves, the Lakers are poised to potentially add two superstars - James and Paul George and maybe Kawhi Leonard - to a team featuring up-and-coming talents like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. He has opted out and resigned with Cleveland before, and the Cavaliers can pay him more than any other team. The USA Today listed a few possible players who might be willing to play with James for the minimum.

LeBron James is officially an National Basketball Association free agent.

The fact that he didn't pick up his option could be good news for anxious Cavs fans, who fear James may leave them for the second time in his career.

James has been linked to multiple teams in free agency, most notably the Lakers.

According to ESPN, James declined a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season to test the open market. The Cavaliers could go over the salary cap to re-sign James because they own his "Bird rights", named for Celtics legend Larry Bird, but any other team he signs with would have to create enough space to sign him under the cap.

It has apparently even reached the point that George is strongly considering a two-year contract with the Thunder with a player option for the second year and the ability to become a free agent again next summer.

The chance to join one of the league's most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year's Finals that he remains in "championship mode".

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.

George's choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers are determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.

Always one to pride himself on efficiency, James shot 54.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range.


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