LeBron James Speaks to Cleveland GM as Free Agency Opens

Sherman Parsons
July 2, 2018

Fans and brokers who believed James would return to Cleveland - and locked in on their floor seats and center court seats that the Cavaliers made them agree to pay for the next three seasons - immediately saw their investment plummet.

James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, joins a team with plenty of money to spend under the National Basketball Association salary cap and a desire to rebuild into a championship team after years of struggles.

James was on a plane that flew into Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on Saturday, a source told ESPN.

Paul also represents Simmons and James has been complimentary of the Rookie of the Year.

Durant, Paul and George all knew what they were going to do even before the NBA's moratorium - and the start of free agency - officially kicked in at 12:01am EDT on Sunday.

Meanwhile, James continues talking with various teams, including his Cavaliers home.

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It's entirely weird, but it really does go to show what an enormous pull James has and just how huge a moment it would be should he decide to take his talents to the Lakers.

James and the Cavaliers had been beaten in three out of four NBA Finals by the Warriors since 2015.

James came back four years ago to a hero's welcome, something that seemed unimaginable when he left in disgrace four years earlier for Miami. The 55 games they lost in the 2013-14, the most ever in the franchise's history.

On Sunday, reports indicated that LeBron would be taking his talents to Hollywood on what Adrian Wojnarowski reported via Twitter would be a four-year, $154 million deal. His best statistical season was the last, where his 27.5 points were the most since 2010 (an ominous sign, it turns out) and he tied a career high with 8.6 boards and set a new best with 9.1 assists.

As the Lakers have failed to bring in other stars over recent years, there were some wondering if their chances of bringing in James were lessened. He's owed $24.1 million next year and has a $25.6 million option for the following year.

Retired Lakers icon Kobe Bryant also reached out to show his support and excitement, tweeting, "Welcome to the family @KingJames #lakers4life #striveforgreatness @JeanieBuss @MagicJohnson and RP well done!"

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