Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Wild: LeBron going to the Lakers only adds to West test

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Tamara Craig | 03 July, 2018, 02:16

According to ESPN, he could still fetch as much as US$207 million over five years from Cleveland, while other teams can offer a maximum US$152 million over four years.

With LeBron James arriving in Los Angeles ahead of free agency and reports that he's not scheduled to have a meeting with the Cavaliers at the start of free agency, the evidence continues to mount that James is headed to the Lakers.

The 76ers have also been engaged in talks with the San Antonio Spurs on a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, and so far, they have kept three players off-limits in talks, team sources told ESPN: Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz. In fact, James is rumored to be in Los Angeles at the moment to take meetings as a free agent.

Another team that made a pitch to James, the Philadelphia 76ers, got their chance on Sunday to appeal to James to relocate to southeast Pennsylvania.

While it's anyone's guess, right now it appears that James' final decision could be between going to the Lakers or staying with the Cavaliers. The Cavs, however, will likely keep at least one roster spot open so they can guarantee Kendrick Perkins' $2.5 million contract, in the event they find a trade partner that will require Perkins' salary to be added to the deal to make the math work.

James will factor family - he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising hoops star - into the choice of where he plays next. His agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will discuss all of his business over the phone.

Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favorite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in Year One.

Rashford ready to step up for penalty shootout
If we don't get to the last four I'd be shocked. "For us, it is game by game, and see where it takes us". The Spurs star will be aiming to help England to win against Colombia in the World Cup last-16 tie.

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. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions.

Sources says the Sixers are not out of James' free agency hunt.

Los Angeles is among the teams in the mix to land James after his agent told the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday that he will not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season.

Which side of the proverbial fence James is leaning on is still a bit unclear.

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.

LeBron James joins one of the NBA'smost iconic clubs.

James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles on Saturday. The Sixers also have centre Joel Embiid, 24, projected to become the game's next dominant big men. The USA Today listed a few possible players who might be willing to play with James for the minimum.

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