James opts out, to enter free agency

James opts out, to enter free agency

James opts out, to enter free agency

With Cleveland's lack of cap space, and LeBron's rocky relationship with Dan Gilbert, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be the best fit in a free agency where no team seems to be the "perfect fit" for LeBron's now or longer term to win championships.

He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

The decision sets up a wild National Basketball Association free agency period that begins Sunday, with teams trying to assemble talent and money to make a run at top stars like James and Paul George, who opted out Thursday from Oklahoma City.

James will factor family - he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising hoops star - into the choice of where he plays next. And although the two sides have been in touch since the Cavs were swept by the Warriors in the NBA Finals, no face-to-face meeting is imminent.

James' decision to opt out of his contract shrinks the number of teams that could be potentially pursuing him.

Not many. LeBron is believed by most to be down to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive years.

LEBRON James will reportedly not meet face-to-face with Cleveland officials as speculation continues to swirl about what his future holds after he opted into free agency on Saturday (AEST). The meeting will be led by the Sixers' ownership group.

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 Cavaliers can offer him a max deal of $205 million over five years ($41 million annually), while another team can max out at $152 million over four years ($38 million). Fox Sports One First Things First host Nick Wright took to his own Twitter account on Sunday morning to announce, "LeBron has made his decision and informed those close to him".

The chance to join one of the league's most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year's Finals that he remains in "championship mode". While there was plenty of talk throughout the season about the prospect of James joining young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in Philadelphia, that talk has cooled in recent weeks. In fact, James might not even speak with top team officials before making a decision on his destination for next season. He averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds in 71 games, all starts, and shot a career-best 59 percent from the field.

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