LeBron back in Los Angeles as start of free agency nears

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National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James decided not to pick up the option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making the 33-year-old a free agent and clearing the way for a team like the Los Angeles Lakers to sign him. However, the move has never seemed more possible than it is right now. Other big names include Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and Chris Paul. James would also reportedly make the Lakers a more attractive place to play. The general teams involved have been the Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets and 76ers.

As of now, the Lakers, Cavaliers and Sixers possess the most realistic shot at luring LeBron.

With all the rumors regarding LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George potentially joining the Los Angeles Lakers, the team is expected to quickly become a title contender.

Rich Paul informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not opt-in to his $35.6 million contract for the 18-19 season.

Per the Times, the Mavericks did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade, preferring to pursue Jordan via free agency.

Only a few days remain until the NBA's free-agent market is set to open, and the race for LeBron James is now at a breaking point. After opting out of his contract with the Cavaliers on Friday, LeBron James joined the ranks of unrestricted free agents, but we still don't know where he's going yet.

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The Lakers have always been rumored as a possible landing spot for James for the last several months with the move to opt out of it sends a clear signal that the franchise is in the picture as a strong option to land him. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported this week that James would not be seeking elaborate pitch meetings during the free-agency process.

James is a 14-time All-Star, a 14-time All-NBA selection, six-time All-Defense selection, a four-time MVP and three-time champion.

Los Angeles is believed to be the first stop for James on his free agency tour.

He's coming off another fabulous season that saw him average 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and nine assists on 53.9 per cent shooting, but also a second straight defeat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals - and the third in four years.

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