Philadelphia 76ers: LeBron James in LA before free agency drawing early speculation

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As NBA free agency kicks off, rumors continue to swirl that LeBron James is targeting the Los Angeles Lakers.

This could be a monumental franchise changing offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a star-studded free agent market that is expected to feature LeBron James and Paul George. They're now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award victor.

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in 3 out of 4 NBA Finals against the Warriors since 2015.

Entering his 16th National Basketball Association season, James had been with the Cavs for 11 of them with a four-year break at the Miami Heat in 2010-2014.

James is considered a rival of retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan for the title of greatest player in National Basketball Association history.


There have been reports that James has been calling other free agents trying to form another super team. But there are at least three other teams - and maybe an outsider or two - with legitimate shots at landing the three-time MVP, who made it clear following this year's NBA Finals that he's still driven to win championships.

Shortly after the 12:01 EDTam start to free agency, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and Paul, the person said.

James had spent the previous four seasons in Cleveland, where he brought the Cavaliers a championship back in 2016.

They'd also need scoring off the bench, and there are several free agents who would jump at an opportunity to have this kind of prominent role on a team like the Lakers.

After "ending the friendship" with James over repeated questions about free agency, Jefferson took the next step and put his response on a t-shirt, which he wore to the beach, and later, posted a picture of on Instagram.


James will now need to consider becoming the first man to arrive in Los Angeles with no guarantees made about the Lakers' ability to acquire Kawhi Leonard in the near future.

Houston Rockets: While the Rockets once seemed a good fit, James declining his option all but eliminated the chances of him joining up with close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. James's new best-case scenario likely involves teaming with Leonard and DeMarcus Cousins in LA.

Keep in mind this is simply just an opinion on Bonsignore's end, but it is a valid point since James being in Los Angeles at the moment is quite the coincidence.


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