LeBron James returns to LA hours before free agency opens

Rival GM: LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers

Rival GM: LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers

While LeBron weighs his options in the Decision Cave, Brian Windhorst noted today that the 33-year old All-Star is "pretty focused on Los Angeles or Cleveland" and has turned down offers to meet with some other National Basketball Association teams, according to Bleacher Report's Ryan Cole.

James already has some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company. That is feeding into the rumors that James will be signing with the Lakers, a team that's been considered a frontrunner to land LeBron for more than a year now.

James, 33, would have made $35.6 million in the 2018/19 season had exercised his option with the Cavs.

So much for the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a face-to-face meeting with LeBron James in an attempt to entice him to re-sign.

But it appears the same can not be said for southern California. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported this week that James would not be seeking elaborate pitch meetings during the free-agency process.

While the common belief is that James will sign a long-term deal, he could do the same thing he's been doing since rejoining the Cavs.

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets are also believed to covet the four-time league MVP, who just played in his eighth straight Finals. Soon-Shiong also mentioned the possibility of other All-Stars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard teaming up with James on the Lakers. James is now eligible to sign a five-year supermax deal with the Cavaliers that would be worth $205 million over five seasons.

James' camp and the Cavaliers have been in regular dialogue since the season ended.

And if that's the case, Joel Embiid sent out a not-so subtle message that could easily be directed at LeBron James about the Lakers not truly never belonging to James.

But the Spurs are reportedly willing to play hardball over allowing Leonard, who has a year remaining on his current deal, to be traded, demanding an eye-watering package of assets in return for his services. The decision makes Young an unrestricted free agent.

Free agency officially opens up on Sunday.

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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