LeBron opts out of Cavs deal

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

Given his star power it's expected that most National Basketball Association free agent business will be held up by James' forthcoming decision with the most likely suitors being the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Cavaliers.

The Lakers are also looking at trading for Kawhi Leonard, which could sway James.

Meanwhile, a source told Yahoo Sports that Leonard actually reached out to James to let him know he wanted to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar.

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.

One of the best things about the Los Angeles Rams being in the same city as a few other professional sports teams is watching them all show support for one another, which the team made a decision to do on Friday to chime in on LeBron James.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, USA Today, ESPN and several Cleveland television stations reported James will test free agency, making the move hours before Friday's just-before-midnight deadline.

While the 76ers are a young and prosperous team, they lack the consistency and salary cap space to interest a player like LeBron.

The four-time MVP is the headliner of a major free agency class.

Without any additional roster moves, losing James via free agency would drop the team below the league's $123 million luxury tax line, which would save owner Dan Gilbert from paying further tax penalties and give the Cavs more flexibility in acquiring players. There had been speculation James would consider opting into the final year of his current contract - which he had until 11:59 p.m. Friday to do. Since the departure of Kobe Bryant the Lakers have struggled to find their championship identity, failing to make the playoffs for the last few seasons.

James flew into Van Nuys Airport Saturday morning on a private jet from Anguilla, according ESPN reporter Arash Markazi.

The NBA free agent period begins Sunday. Whether is be Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston or anywhere else he desires to be, his ultimate goal will be to hang a banner in the rafters and adding another ring to his finger.

Green averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game for the Cavs this year in 78 appearances, including 13 starts.

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