Wild NBA Free Agency set to start

Doug Mendoza
July 21, 2018

Getting all three is a scenario that Lakers fans have dreamed about and would bring back memories of the Showtime Dynasty of the 1980s.

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The Lakers have been strongly linked to James in recent weeks - he reportedly had conversations with other marquee players, including Kawhi Leonard, about playing together in Los Angeles. We break it down on NBA Weekly.

Thus, remaining in Cleveland or going to Los Angeles - where he owns a home - remain the two most likely options for James to pursue. Agent Rich Paul is expected to contact several teams with the Lakers and Cavs atop his list. George is from Palmdale, California, northwest of Los Angeles, and Leonard is from Riverside, 88 kilometres (55 miles) east. But his fit with Simmons, whose lack of a jump shot makes it very hard for him to play off the ball, would be an awkward one, and it's unclear if James would want to go to a team with such a young supporting cast at this advanced stage of his career.

Following the Cavs' Game 4 loss in the Finals, James articulated what factors he will weigh with regard to his future.

With prior reports this offseason that Leonard, who celebrates his 27th birthday Friday, wants out of San Antonio immediately, ESPN reports that while the Spurs are weighing short-term offers San Antonio apparently hopes to score a massive return on any deal for Leonard, the two-time All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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James likely can not make quite as much money - he opted out of $35.6 million for next season, but the estimated maximum contract for this offseason starts at $35.4 million.

That could mean luring James and George, who has had his eye on the Lakers for some time now. But it gets even more terrifying once you take the Lakers young guys, whoever they end up keeping if they make a deal with San Antonio, and add them into the equation, giving the potential Lakers squad a mix of stars, veterans, and young prospects.

Expect to hear plenty more about James throughout the next few days.

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. ESPN later reported that James was indeed the person on that plane.

James, the best player of this decade will once again test the free agency waters.

Houston: While the Rockets once seemed a good fit, James declining his option all but eliminated the chances of him joining up with close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden.

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