Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers to meet with LeBron James' agent in Los Angeles

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Cary Erickson | 02 July, 2018, 08:26

James put down some roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company.

ESPN reported the number of teams James and his representatives, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, could be interested in as free agents will be small.

James has bolted as a free agent twice - in 2010, when his contract was up with Cleveland and he chose the Miami Heat, and in 2014, when he exercised the early termination option in his Heat contract and returned to Cleveland. Though there's still a chance that King James will choose to stay with the Cavs, sources say he is eyeing teams like the Lakers and 76ers. Maybe James will be OK with mentoring a bunch of young guys - and likely some vets who sign in order to play with him - and waiting for a trade or next summer's free agency to bring a genuine co-star.

The fact that he didn't pick up his option could be good news for anxious Cavs fans, who fear James may leave them for the second time in his career.

Los Angeles is believed to be the first stop for James on his free agency tour.

James, who won the National Basketball Association (NBA) crown with the Cavs in 2016, said after this year's Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors that he would consult his family before deciding on his future. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a "Trust The Process" mantra while rebuilding.

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

Under that scenerio, James would probably like to play alongside Leonard.

The decision makes the four-time MVP the headliner of a star-studded free-agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others.

But there will always be a portion of Cleveland fans disappointed that James left again and that he wouldn't give the Cavs a longer commitment.

What's more surprising is that LeBron chose to sign a 4-year contract with LA.

But the five-time All-Star instead turned down the chance to represent his native Los Angeles in favour of penning a four-year $137m max deal with Oklahoma City to remain alongside close friend Russell Westbrook.