LeBron's early free agency Cavs snub

LeBron's early free agency Cavs snub

When NBA free agency officially opens up Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET, the Cleveland Cavaliers will not meet in person with LeBron James or his representatives, sources told ESPN.

Which side of the proverbial fence James is leaning on is still a bit unclear. It was reported earlier in the week that James does not want any extravagant pitches made for his services.

He would be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million free-agent deal with Cleveland this summer.

With reports surfacing that King James' preferred destination would be with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers could also be on LeBron's radar.

For president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, they have established a two-year window to sign an All-Star caliber player like James. But the Lakers will instantly rise with James, a three-time champion who after being swept by the Warriors in this year's NBA Finals said he is still driven and very much in "championship mode". As he weighs his own free-agency decision, the four-time MVP must come to terms with the fact that-for the second straight year-his magnetic pull was no longer capable of attracting an All-NBA player who would be especially helpful against the Warriors.

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when LeBron James' recruiting exploits matched his transcendent play. They've failed to land any of the big-name free agents - with Paul George, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan signing deals with other teams.

San Antonio: James reveres Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but living in Texas doesn't seem appealing to the star's family and the Spurs are still trying to figure out what to do with Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season.

LeBron James joins one of the NBA'smost iconic clubs.

Sources says the Sixers are not out of James' free agency hunt.

James had spent the previous four seasons in Cleveland, where he brought the Cavaliers a championship back in 2016.

However, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Cavaliers have a strong belief that they are still in the mix to sign James in free agency.

Firstly, media members had somehow gotten tracking details for his flight from Anguilla to Van Nuys Airport, which led to a flurry of photographers and reporters lining the fences of the runway awaiting his arrival.

Following the Cavs' Game 4 loss in the Finals, James articulated what factors he will weigh with regard to his future.

League-wide, there are a handful of big-name free agents who join James in fighting for dollars in a market that's nearly void of teams with significant cash to spend.

Keep in mind this is simply just an opinion on Bonsignore's end, but it is a valid point since James being in Los Angeles at the moment is quite the coincidence.

James gave Cleveland something to remember in his final season.

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