Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing

Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing

But the Warriors and Steph Curry have won the past two years.

Hours after the announcement, the Cavaliers issued a statement from chairman Dan Gilbert, thanking James for leading the team to the National Basketball Association championship in 2016, calling it a title that "united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed". "The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances".

Los Angeles had been hoping to sign Paul George. However, there should be plenty of space with the Lakers to replicate some of these numbers. The team was projected to have a little under $50 million to hand out.

James is reportedly unlikely to visit other teams or take an audience with suitors - even the Cavaliers - as he did in past free agent circuits. The Lakers also inked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal Sunday.

Hours before National Basketball Association free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize, James returned to Southern California, where he has two homes and a film production company. In his final season with the club, James will make $41 million.

Free agency is here and the rush is on to pitch LeBron James - or at least his representatives.

Given how deep the Warriors are, James is going to have a tough task going through them to get to the Finals again. He's letting James know in advance that he won't gain anything for his legacy if he went to the Lakers.

The team didn't wait long to announce their next move.

The deal: He signed a seven-year contract worth $121 million.

Bryant isn't willing to get into that right now.

Paul also represents Simmons and James has been complimentary of the Rookie of the Year.

Trading for Leonard would mean giving up pieces of their young core like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma, plus future draft picks.

That should lead to some interesting tweets.

Gilbert then went on to talk about the importance of family in the life of LeBron James: "LeBron is a family man, first". He thanked Cavaliers fans in an Instagram post, saying the city will always be his home. Fans of the Sixers and Celtics in particular would gladly argue their up and coming squads should garner plenty of attention and will be just as exciting as any of LeBron's Cavaliers teams.

CLEVELAND The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James.

We may have seen the last of LeBron in a Cavs jersey.

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