James's decision came on the first day of free agency, just 20 hours after the market officially opened. By the time he arrived around midday - after his flight plan was tracked online - reporters and at least one news helicopter were waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers star, who made a decision to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt-in to a US$35.6 million deal for this coming season.
Los Angeles will also provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. Not only did the five-time All-Star from Palmdale, Calif., stay with the Thunder on a four-year, $137 million deal, he didn't even grant Magic Johnson and Co. a meeting. Yes, James has a house in Los Angeles, and is known to spend a good amount of the offseason there, it's hard for basketball fans not to view this as a sign before the madness of free agency gets underway.
And while he isn't reportedly scheduled to meet with the Cavaliers face-to-face now, there's always a chance it could still happen, although it was reported earlier by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that James isn't interested in flashy pitches from teams this time around. Cleveland has lost to Golden State in the finals each of the last two years, and in three of the last four.
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James rejoined the Cavaliers after a brief foray to Miami in the summer of 2014, sparking an enormous shift of power in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers are hoping they can persuade him to sign with them and return them to glory. It puts a little more pressure on L.A.to make the moves LeBron wants.
James leaves the franchise as its leader in almost every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals.
James informed the Cavaliers on Friday that he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option. Last month, Gary Payton fueled up the Los Angeles rumors when he revealed that Lebron's 13-year old son had committed to playing at Sierra Canyon High School next year.