With LeBron, Lakers suddenly a betting favorite

With LeBron, Lakers suddenly a betting favorite

"They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago", he continued.

It's telling that the two men who have been able to convince James to leave Cleveland are Pat Riley and Magic Johnson. "This will always be home", he wrote.

With Kawhi Leonard forcing himself out of San Antonio, the Spurs are looking to get some value out of this trade package, which would include Lakers young core. Before he joined the Heat, James had meetings with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, where team representatives pitched the All-Star with personalized presentations and marketing plans.

LeBron James flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean.

With his 31-point, 12-rebound, 11-assist showing in a 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena in late February, James made National Basketball Association history as he became the first player ever to eclipse 30,000 points 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists in a career.

If they want to make a convincing pitch, now is the time to do it.

Shortly after the announcement, which came in a surprising manner, James posted a three-photo tribute to Cleveland fans on his Instagram account.


If James would have signed with Philly he would have helped improve an already stingy Sixers defense, which finished 11th in OPG. Both LeBron James and George opted out of their respective deals well before the June 29th deadline. Teams can begin negotiations with free agents at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

James wasn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.

The move will nearly certainly bring to an end a run of four successive National Basketball Association finals which saw James' former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, meet the Golden State Warriors on each occasion.

As it stands now, the Cavs believe they are still in the mix to retain James and can offer significantly more money - $207 million over five years, compared to $152 million over four years - than the Lakers and 76ers, another team seen as a strong likely suitor.

The fact that he didn't pick up his option could be good news for anxious Cavs fans, who fear James may leave them for the second time in his career. The fourth year is a player option, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

But James grew frustrated with the poorly-managed Cavaliers towards the end of his time there. 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.

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