With Cleveland's lack of cap space, and LeBron's rocky relationship with Dan Gilbert, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be the best fit in a free agency where no team seems to be the "perfect fit" for LeBron's now or longer term to win championships.
But it appears the same can not be said for southern California.
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.
National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James informed the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday that he will not exercise his $35.6 million contract option, according to multiple reports, making him the top free agent prize. Soon-Shiong also mentioned the possibility of other All-Stars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard teaming up with James on the Lakers. James would also reportedly make the Lakers a more attractive place to play.
By opting out, the 76ers, Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers appear to be his likely destinations in free agency.
Cleveland can sign James to a five-year, $207 million deal, while other suitors can offer $152 million over four years.
Of course, Paul George is among those players headling this year's free agency pool.
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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. But the Cavaliers assembled a weak supporting cast around James last season and attempted to revamp the team the trade deadline.
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.
The emotional side to this is obvious, James is separating from the Cavs again (for the third time in four years) with no guarantees that he'll re-sign. The appeal of playing for one of the league's most storied teams is another allure. This is also the first offseason in which Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are fully healthy.
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Last week, the league announced that James finished second to James Harden in the race for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, as the Rockets guard picked up 86 first-place votes and 15 second-place tallies on the way to 965 points.
Always one to pride himself on efficiency, James shot 54.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range.