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Philadelphia 76ers: LeBron James in LA before free agency drawing early speculation

02 July, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Le Bron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the decision

His agency, Klutch Sports, announced the NBA-shattering news early Sunday night with a press release, that James was leaving his hometown Cavaliers for the second time and is signing a four-year deal worth $154 million, the maximum allowed.

To compound a successful first day of the free agency period for OKC, versatile big man Jerami Grant has agreed to a new three-year deal and will remain on board with the Thunder. Remember: James' agent met with the Cavaliers in 2014 without James, and he ultiamately chose to leave the Heat to return to Cleveland.

Three legit superstars of the league have made a decision to stay with their existing teams and the fact that OKC's Paul George was among them was hugely significant for the long-term prospects of Adams' Thunder.

Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. ESPN's Brian Windhorst's reported the Lakers are still the favorites to sign James in free agency. Reports of other teams seeking and even being granted meetings with James' representatives only served to fuel those thoughts.

After almost everyone in the world said she was clearly and obviously making stuff up, Teigen triumphantly shared a link to the news of James' new Lakers deal, writing, "Told youuuu".

Kevin Durant's burner accounts couldn't be reached for comment.

As the Lakers have failed to bring in other stars over recent years, there were some wondering if their chances of bringing in James were lessened.

And by signing a four-year deal, James has now entrusted the Lakers' front office, led by President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka, with the ability to build a championship contender over the long-term. It puts a little more pressure on L.A.to make the moves LeBron wants.

James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option. He played 11 seasons in Cleveland in total, including the last four after he returned from Miami.

Last season, James, 33, seemed to defy Father Time, averaging 27.5 points and career-highs in rebounds (8.6) and assists (9.1), putting him in the conversation for MVP, an award James Harden won.

Since Kobe Bryant retired in 2016, the Lakers have sought to add a franchise-changer to lift them from a long, dry spell unheard of in their storied past.

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