LeBron back in Los Angeles as start of free agency nears

Kawhi Leonard Spurs Vince Carter Grizzlies

That one year option is the one he has chose to knock back.

On Friday, James informed the Cavs that he was not exercising his $35.6 million option and becoming a free agent. They unloaded Timofey Mozgov's four-year, $64 million contract and D'Angelo Russell on the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the 27th pick in the 2017 draft and Brook Lopez's expiring contract. He led the outmatched Cavaliers to a stunning NBA Finals upset in 2016 but had seemingly grown frustrated in recent months at Cleveland's inability to build a championship calibre supporting cast around him or to mount a credible challenge to the Golden State Warriors juggernaut. While Golden State's dynasty remain alive and Kevin Durant's new contract ensures the Warriors will be title contenders for at least one more year, Golden State won't be able to keep their team together for much longer. As Kobe Bryant's career came to an end, so did the success of the Lakers. And so it has proved once again as they reel in the biggest fish of them all.

The secondary victor of LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland for Los Angeles?

If James would have signed with Philly he would have helped improve an already stingy Sixers defense, which finished 11th in OPG. West structure and re-seed all 16 teams at the beginning of the playoffs.

James will factor in family concerns - he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising hoops star - into the choice of where he plays next.

Sports, Kawhi is seeking a trade out of San Antonio to preferably suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Lonzo Ball, despite his failings as a shooter, is wonderful at seeing the whole court.

James has also endured a fractious relationship with Cavaliers fans over the years.

James alone can change a conference - no non-LeBron team has made the Finals in the Eastern Conference since 2010.

The Clippers are reportedly one of the five teams to make an offer to San Antonio for Leonard. The All-Star is unhappy and spent much of the season injured but refused to even attend his team's play-off games from the sidelines.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Dallas Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan, three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. After a second round elimination to the Boston Celtics, the Sixers made it clear that they want to sign a star free agent this summer.

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Paul George was also reported to hop on to Hollywood before staying in OKC on a 4-year, $137 million deal.

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