On June 29th, LeBron James informed the Cleveland Cavaliers that he would not opt-in to the final year of his contract, becoming an unrestricted free agent.
There's a risk in waiting for Leonard, as the Lakers just saw this summer. That eventually led to the communication breakdown between the player and franchise and ensued in the offseason discussion of where Leonard will go, specifically Los Angeles. After one year with the Thunder, George liked the organization enough to re-sign there on a four-year deal instead of joining the Lakers. And it might be tough for him to have another incredible year like that, put them on his back again. After signing a four-year $153 million contract, he can afford the luxurious side of life.
Whether that impacts LaVar's title predictions is unclear, though the Lakers should have ample opportunity to add impact players with LeBron in town, regardless of the last names involved. Philadelphia also has the assets to pull off a big trade for an established star, someone like Kawhi Leonard. But perhaps James took note of how the Warriors built one of the most dominant teams ever and realized his best chance at sustained championship contention down the line is to let the Lakers build more organically. The last of which was made possible after the Lakers renounced the rights to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent. "My sources are saying Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, two firsts and two pick swaps ..." Whether that be the Lakers (LeBron) or the Celtics (Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, etc.), Leonard might want to avoid the label that comes with joining a ready-made contender. ESPN reported that James merchandise was going for 40% off at the Cavs team store nearby. The best player in the league, with a real claim to being the greatest in history, is taking his talents to the most popular and decorated franchise in the National Basketball Association.
Kevin Durant's new deal with Golden State to be for one year
Derrick Jones Jr. has signed a minimum deal with the Miami Heat, after playing with them on a two-way contract last season. That largesse allowed Golden State to retain key role players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston , who were free agents.
James' vacation time has been cut short during the past eight years of his career.
In the first three hours of sales, there was a 600 percent spike compared to how his new Cavaliers jersey sold on the site on the day when he returned to Cleveland from Miami in July 2014.
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