Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

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Cleveland, too, would still be in the mix as James could sign a short-term deal with the Cavs.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are among the teams who reportedly think they could land James in free agency, dreaming of a situation in which they unite him with a young core of talented players. We break it down on NBA Weekly.

Deadline day has approached for LeBron James.

Philadelphia would offer the chance to play alongside National Basketball Association top rookie Ben Simmons of Australia as well as young star Joel Embiid while a Houston deal could see him join James Harden and Chris Paul.

The Cavs have tried unsuccessfully to engage James this summer, according to multiple sources.

Kerr, 52, just finished the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed when he joined the Warriors in 2014.

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

The Lakers have enough room to acquire two stars, and if they manage to close the deal on James, then it stands to reason that a free agent like Paul George could be compelled to sign, or a trade for San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard could possibly be struck.

James had until 11:59 express his intentions to the Cavs and his agent Rich Paul informed the team in the morning, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. It doesn't mean he won't return to the Cavaliers.

Kanter, who had originally hoped to sign a long-term contract this summer, told ESPN in a phone interview he took out an insurance policy that will pay him $20 million if he suffers a career-threatening injury because he will be playing on a one-year deal.

James leaving his vacation to go have a meeting with the Lakers this early in the free agency process would be a bit of a surprise, but he has indicated he wants this to be a quicker decision than it's been in the past. Days later, James was gone.

In Sixers guard Ben Simmons, James sees a younger version of himself and he'd relish the chance to play alongside the 21-year-old while mentoring him. By the end of the offseason it will probably show that the vast majority of moves will be affected by what James does as veterans delay their own decisions on the chance they might be able to join James' team.

The Lakers, on the other hand, know exactly what they need to do: find another star to pair with James.

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