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30 June 2018, 01:02 | Kristine Mills

LeBron James right might be hoping to have Kawhi Leonard on his side this season

LeBron James right might be hoping to have Kawhi Leonard on his side this season

The league's moratorium period prevents players and teams from signing contracts until July 6 but they're able to verbally agree on terms.

As expected, LeBron James intends to decline his $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. Even that was a remote possibility.

LeBron James informed the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday he was opting out of the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent and altering the potential number of teams he could join this summer.

James opting to reach free agency works in the Lakers' favor, as they can sign him outright rather than need to complete a trade, which would make potentially acquiring Kawhi Leonard as well all the more problematic.

The good news: LeBron helped get Cleveland its first major sports title in 52 years.

Philly would have to renounce guys like J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson to clear space, and probably trade Jerryd Bayless (with an asset attached) to make enough room for LeBron.

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Rumors about his next move are abounding, with many suggesting he's plotting a move to the Los Angeles Lakers.

James also said he always felt like he would come back to Cleveland to finish his career where it began. He's talking about the Los Angeles Lakers.

While all free agent decisions are important, this one holds special weight for James, with this likely being the final destination before he retires, and what he accomplishes moving forward will shape his legacy forever. Warriors fan David Ahn said, "He's won here, he's happy here and I don't think he's going to blow it up to go play where he might be second fiddle again".

Could the two best players in the National Basketball Association team up in Los Angeles? They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago.

Without the previous context that brought them here - the tanking, the heartless but ultimately correct trades, the patience in stockpiling prospects, the preservation of salary cap space - none of this is possible.



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