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'Notable veterans' would take league minimum with Lakers if LeBron signs

30 June, 2018, 01:00 | Author: John Swanson
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Per multiple reports, James has informed the Cavaliers that he plans on opting out of the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent. If he had opted in, it would have likely meant the Cavs had worked out a trade for James. Even that was a remote possibility.

Cleveland can offer James a five-year max contract worth approximately $207.4 million, while the most any other team could offer him would be a four-year deal worth around $152.3 million.

If he were to leave the Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly the top three teams who might land James, according to The Ringer.

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Meanwhile, on Thursday, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported on "First Take" that James reached out to Kevin Durant to gauge his interest in joining the Lakers.

Any team that acquires a player in a sign-and-trade gets "hard-capped" at $6 million more than the luxury tax, meaning the team's salary can not exceed that number.

JJ Redick's insane one-year deal aside, this a franchise whose last marquee free-agent signing was Elton Brand coming off a torn Achilles tendon.

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For the third time in four years since returning to Cleveland, LeBron James is a free agent. The Rockets pushed the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference finals last month.

- LeBron James is approaching a deadline that may be little more than a starting line. That would pair arguably the two best players in the league with one of the NBA's most storied franchises. He's talking about the Los Angeles Lakers. Rumors about multiple teams being in the hunt for the three-time National Basketball Association champion have already started. "So I think experience plays a big role", in winning, Simmons said. This isn't insignificant. If James looks around the league and doesn't see a situation he loves, he can [looks up teen slang] secure the bag by signing a long-term deal in Cleveland. In each those two cases, James or his representatives met with several teams.

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It's unclear, however, when the Celtics reportedly made the offer referenced in Wednesday's ESPN report. The Lakers would ideally use the draft pick in a deal for Leonard.

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