LeBron James was spotted flying a private plane into Los Angeles on Saturday, according to an ESPN SportsCenter report, but Lakers fans shouldn't get their hopes up about their team reeling in the NBA's most coveted free agent just yet.
LeBron James is going to the West Coast.
James opted out of a United States $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was reported to have had contact with the team as free agency opened last night.
James had been linked to several franchises, with the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets reportedly in the running. According to a report by the network's top National Basketball Association correspondent, James has dispatched his agent to meet with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, July 1. Cleveland has lost to Golden State in the finals each of the last two years, and in three of the last four.
The 33-year-old James leaves his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time as a free agent after opting out of his deal on Friday. "When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually - for me personally, it made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships, and I still want to be in championship mode".
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Clint Capela and others with six years or less in the league can make a max salary of $25.25 million for the 2018-19 season. While every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legit chance of signing him.
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James has always been one of the most highest-paid players in the league.
James will now compete directly with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors not only in the Western Conference, but in the Pacific Division.
Woj also dropped the bomb that, despite talks between San Antonio and Los Angeles cooling in recent days, Kawhi Leonard still remains hell-bent on becoming a Laker next season as well, lining the Lakers up to suddenly springboard back into title contention.
Chrissy Teigen was one of the very first celebrities who acknowledged the announcement, and she soon retweeted the ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski's post, captioning it: 'Told youuuu'.