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LeBron James will not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN and multiple reports. James had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to inform the Cavs of his intentions before the option expired.

The decision will make the four-time MVP the headliner of a star-studded free-agent class that includes Paul GeorgeChris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others. By Dave McMenamin

LeBron James is back on the market. The four-time MVP reportedly declined his $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season ahead of Friday night’s deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent. But before you start going crazy and reconstructing each team’s roster in the hopes of adding James, let’s just examine the realistic options. By Jordan Greer

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There might be a new banana boat crew coming to Southern California, but that could very well not include Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball.

According to this report from Darren Heitner of Forbes, the Lakers are focused on teaming pending free agent LeBron James up with best bud Chris Paul. It had been a foregone conclusion that Paul was going to return to the Houston Rockets next season. That’s certainly changed over the past couple days with indications being that the two sides are not in a good place. Originally posted on Sportsnaut  By Vincent Frank

The Los Angeles Lakers are supposedly shopping Lonzo Ball for assets to use in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to land Kawhi Leonard. How do we know this? The mean streets of Twitter told us such a wonderful thing.

This should certainly be taken as much as a rumor as it is a report. That’s not a slight on Mike Ortiz, but there have been plenty of legitimate reports over the last 48 hours, most of which turned out to be teams’ turns at hurling smoke screens out to the free world by way of agenda riddled leaks. By 

Maybe we should’ve listened more closely to James Harden. On Monday, when the Houston star addressed the media during his MVP news conference at the NBA awards show in Santa Monica, California, he was asked about his wish list for the summer.

Was LeBron James a part of that plan? It didn’t sound like it at the time, and that suspicion became even more likely on Friday with James’ decision to decline the player option on his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

“We were a half away from the Finals, so I don’t think there is a piece that we need to bring in or take away,” Harden, whose Rockets fell to Golden State in seven games during the Western Conference finals, said then. “We’re great with what we have, from top to bottom, from the front office to coaching staff to players, personnel. Our main focus is just getting better, getting healthier, and doing what we do.” By 

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Now that LeBron James has opted out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the speculation of where he ends up will quickly ramp up to a fever pitch. But the process of trying to predict where James ends up should begin by going back to when he left the court in a Cavaliers uniform, perhaps for the last time.

In the wake of the Golden State Warriors predictably dismantling the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 in the NBAFinals, there was a strange feeling inside Quicken Loans Arena. Nobody seemed terribly excited, including the Warriors and their fans. Nobody seemed terribly upset, including the Cavs and their fans. The only thing anyone really seemed to care about was the Finals MVP vote, which went to Kevin Durant by a vote of 7-4 over Stephen Curry. It was the only part of the series in any doubt.

The Cavs had no business on the same court as Golden State. Don’t think for a second that LeBron James doesn’t know this. By 

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