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July 21 2018, 07:56 | Van Peters
LeBron James has reached out to Kevin Durant about joining him in LA [report]
LeBron James has made a decision. Assuming he's looking to sign for his max salary - and he hasn't indicated otherwise - James' options are now limited to either re-signing with the Cavs or joining a team with enough cap space to sign him to such deal. It would just be on a new contract, since James can make more money (and have more security) signing a fresh deal than he could if he had stayed in Cleveland on a one-year uncertainty. Even that was a remote possibility. Both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard want to play in Los Angeles, and both could be free agents next season as well.
James has bolted as a free agent twice - in 2010, when his contract was up with Cleveland and he chose the Miami Heat, and in 2014, when he exercised the early termination option in his Heat contract and returned to Cleveland.
As LeBron James deflected most questions about his playing future following an NBA Finals sweep at the champagne-soaked hands of the juggernaut Golden State Warriors, the four-time MVP did provide a small window into his free agency priorities. James has been much more proactive in past summers working with the Cavs than he has.
The Cavs have tried unsuccessfully to engage James this summer, according to multiple sources.
The decision sets up a wild National Basketball Association free agency period that begins Sunday, with teams trying to assemble talent and money to make a run at top stars like James and Paul George, who opted out Thursday from Oklahoma City. Still, LeBron could head to Los Angeles first and worry about the roster later, as Sporting News' Sean Deveney has previously reported. The Sixers would have to clear about $8 million in cap space to have room for James, and would need to make at least one trade to do it. Any other suitor can offer a four-year pact worth $152 million. LeBron would join up with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons along with the rest of the talented supporting cast, and that team would instantly be the East favorite.
The hilarious shirt says, "I don't know where he's going..." A lot of people don't believe this; a lot of people think we had this already set up.
Then the Cavaliers traded him in August for Kevin Love.