76ers reportedly still in mix for LeBron James

76ers reportedly still in mix for LeBron James

James just flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean - fuelling talk the LA Lakers are the frontrunners to secure his services. He could be in Southern California longer than usual. Los Angeles has yet to sign 25th overall pick Mo Wagner, meaning his rights can potentially be included in a trade; the Lakers are also willing to offer ex-No. George reportedly will re-up with his current Oklahoma Thunder home, while Paul re-signed with the Houston Rockets for a maximum deal. He joins LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and others as some of the top free agents this year.

A source close to James said James would not be involved with any of these initial meetings with team, so perhaps it was a small feather in Cleveland's cap that James at least hopped on the phone with Altman.

The 33-year-old superstar has spent the last four seasons with the Cavs, with whom he reached four straight NBA Finals and won a championship in 2016. He has opted out and resigned with Cleveland before, and the Cavaliers can pay him more than any other team.

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

On Friday, Rich Paul, James' agent informed the Cavaliers that his client would be declining his $35.6-million player option with the Cavaliers for next season, meaning he would become an unrestricted free agent. Whether is be Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston or anywhere else he desires to be, his ultimate goal will be to hang a banner in the rafters and adding another ring to his finger. The Cavs can also offer him the most lucrative package, a five-year, $282 million contract. And in remarks to the media earlier this week, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson attempted to publicly show he wasn't feeling any pressure to give up too much to land Leonard - and by extension James.

In 2010, James bolted Cleveland in a nationally televised announcement "The Decision", infamously declaring he was taking his "talents to South Beach" and joining Miami. Fast-forward a year, Oladipo was just named the league's Most Improved Player and Sabonis is one of the game's best young reserves. It does, however, seem like the Sixers are a late addition to the four-time MVP's likely busy itinerary. He averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists during the regular season.

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