Where LeBron James lands in free agency remains in the air. Anyway, the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have announced it early and want their superstar to move forward.
According to Tom Withers of The Associated Press and Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Cavaliers spoke with James when the NBA-free agency opened at 12:01 ET on Sunday. According to reports, Cav's general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and his agent Rich Paul.
James is a full-fledged free agent and the Cavs are hoping to re-sign the three-time champion who is considering changing sides for the third time in eight years. James is also being followed by the Los Angeles Lakers, who have enough room on the payroll to sign him and another star player.
In the first few hours of the free agency there was a flood of major signatures, but James remained noncommittal. It is not expected that the 33-year-old will make a decision that could reshape the league landscape.
Per McMenamin it is unclear how the discussion will affect what James next does:
It is unclear at this time whether a personal meeting between James and the Cavs was planned down the line. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said this week that James will not be conducting sophisticated pitch meetings during the free agency process.
James & # 39; Camp and the Front Office of the Cavaliers have been engaged in dialogue since the season, they said. Paul informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not opt for the final year of his contract; He should make $ 35.6 million in 2018-1935.
Paul, who represents several other players entering the free agency – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nerlens Noel among them – will conduct all his business over the phone when the free agency starts, ESPN said.
James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on Saturday, a source told ESPN. James flew from the Caribbean island of Anguilla and landed in Van Nuys shortly after 11am. His reason for being there is unknown: the Lakers are considered a strong candidate to sign James, but he also has a low season in L.A.
As it stands now, the Cavs believe they are still in the mix to retain James and can offer significantly more money – $ 207 million in five years, compared to $ 152 million in four years – as the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers with the 76ers the other team is considered a strong likely candidate.
One source familiar with the Cavs' thinking said James Cleveland's "Plan A, B and C", when it comes to free agency re-signing.
This report uses information from The Associated Press.
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