LeBron James rumor roundup: The latest on his plans for free agency

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Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California.

Because the Lakers are favored to sign James, the Cavs are sixth among all teams with 18/1 title odds. Other big names include Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and Chris Paul.

Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history. But there are at least three other teams - and maybe an outsider or two - with legitimate shots at landing James, who made it clear following this year's NBA Finals that he's still driven to win championships. James has not publicly commented on what team he will sign with as his family and close advisers consider offers at his "decision cave" in the Caribbean.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived center Thomas Bryant as the start of free agency neared.

On Friday, it was reported that LeBron had opted out of his Cleveland contract option and became an unrestricted agent. According to a report by the network's top National Basketball Association correspondent, James has dispatched his agent to meet with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, July 1.




According to a New York Times report, the Dallas Mavericks will make Jordan their top target in free agency after previously discussing various opt-in-and-trade scenarios with the Clippers.

CLEVELAND The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James.

Should James re-sign with a shortened one-plus-one deal in Cleveland, his compensation for 2018-19 would be $35.4 million, and 2019-20 would jump to $38.2 million as the option year. LeBron James to Los Angeles might not be the foregone conclusion many thought it would be last night. The meeting will be led by the Sixers' ownership group. This is also the first offseason in which Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are fully healthy. His salaries from the first 15 years of his career add up to a cumulative sum of $203 million - but LeBron could double his career salary earnings in a single contract if he plays another five years.

What this signals more than anything else is that there could be much shifting around with the Lakers in their attempt to present a more feasible team with their pursuit of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. He finished second to Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the MVP voting.

The 5-foot-9 former Kentucky player averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 assists and 23.4 minutes in 71 games last season.

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