Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 reactions to LeBron James declining 2018-19 contract option

Rival GM Le Bron James would'let the roster come together for Lakers Rival GM Le Bron James would'let the roster come together for Lakers
Domingo Copeland | 01 July, 2018, 13:46

With reports surfacing that King James' preferred destination would be with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers could also be on LeBron's radar.

As many have pointed out, it wouldn't be unusual for LeBron James to be traveling to Los Angeles after his vacation ended, as he maintains an offseason home there and would likely be going there anyway.

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.

According to ESPN, the Lakers are trying to trade for Kawhi Leonard, believing landing Leonard would entice James to sign with them.

Even more exciting, this means the Los Angeles Lakers have a legitimate chance of signing James, that is assuming he is willing to leave the Cavaliers for a second time in his career.

But it appears the same can not be said for southern California.

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In addition to asking the San Antonio Spurs for a trade, the two-time All-Star reportedly made it clear his preference was to be sent to the Lakers. He could ink a short-term deal, which he's done since coming back to the Cavs.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts 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, on the other hand, know exactly what they need to do: find another star to pair with James. James, who is from Akron, Ohio, can get the most lucrative package by staying in Cleveland: a five-year, $209 million contract.

James, 33, tested the free agency for the first time in 2010, announcing to fan he would play for the Miami Heat on a nationally televised program special titled, "The Decision". Los Angeles has yet to sign 25th overall pick Mo Wagner, meaning his rights can potentially be included in a trade; the Lakers are also willing to offer ex-No. Hoops Hype reported several notable veterans have said privately they would be willing to play with James for the minimum.

On Friday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported (via Deadspin's Giri Nathan) James plans to make his free-agent decision among friends at a location in the Caribbean.

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