Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

LeBron won’t meet with Cavaliers in person when free agency opens

LeBron won’t meet with Cavaliers in person when free agency opens

The Cavs can offer James significantly more money - $207 million over five years, compared to $153 million over four years - than the Lakers and 76ers.

It's unclear whether he'll meet with those jockeying for his signature or whether his representatives will handle the meetings while "King" James puts his feet up.

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.

Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history.

Despite his endless array of accomplishments, which includes four league MVP awards, three world championships and 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, James finds himself in a quandary with regards to his next career move. Agent Rich Paul is expected to contact several teams with the Lakers and Cavs atop his list.

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.

Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. start to free agency, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and Paul, the person said. He returned home to the Cavaliers the next season and ended a long championship drought for Cleveland with the National Basketball Association title in 2016. They've failed to land any of the big-name free agents - with Paul George, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan signing deals with other teams. In fact, losing James in free agency would drop the team below the league's luxury tax line for the first time in quite a while.

Steve Kerr, who led the Warriors to two straight National Basketball Association titles, has meanwhile agreed to a deal which will make him one of the highest-paid coaches, ESPN reported.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic. Embiid's opinion notwithstanding, the Lakers are James' team now. Whether is be Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston or anywhere else he desires to be, his ultimate goal will be to hang a banner in the rafters and adding another ring to his finger.

According to ESPN, the 27-year-old is said to favour a move to Los Angeles, with the Lakers his preferred destination over the Clippers.

But while the Cavs and Lakers appear to be the front-runners for James, the Sixers aren't ready to give up the fight.

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