James returned to the Cavs in 2014, then later led the team to their first championship title (2016). IN traded George to Oklahoma City shortly after he made his intentions known to the organization last June.
DeMarcus Cousins is the only remaining player selected to the 2018 All-Star team that's available in free agency.
Of the trio, Stephenson's name immediately jumps out as a surprise as he's had a long-standing rivalry with James.
In short, there's a reasonable chance that LeBron James could wind up playing in the National Basketball Association either with - or far more interestingly, against - his own dang son. This move seemed to be inevitable after months of speculation that he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and head to L.A. where he owns a home and where he can align his business interests.
Hours before National Basketball Association free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize, James returned Saturday to Southern California, where he has two homes and a film production company.
A report from Tom Withers of the Associated Press indicates James already has all the information he needs, and his decision could come sooner than later.
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But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since. After much speculation and discussion, LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, July 2 (Manila time).
Lakers fans are understandably excited to welcome James to their team and city.
Wojnarowski added that disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is still set on also donning the iconic purple and gold colors. That likely played a part in Caldwell-Pope securing a deal, too.
Of course, the Lakers would risk missing out on Leonard completely by not trading for him.
"The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances". South Bay Warriors fans are not sharing the enthusiasm that Lakers fans are feeling with King James heading to the West Coast. Playing alongside another star like Leonard would give him a fighting chance.
By declining his option, James positioned himself to be able to choose where he'll play next, and Cleveland, just up the road from his home near Akron, remains a strong possibility.