Further reports suggest the 33-year-old is interested in joining LA Lakers. The next 48 hours are going to be insane, so stay tuned... Meanwhile, Brian Windhorst is reporting that LeBron will make his decision by July 4th, and USA Today is noting that the Houston Rockets are "all in" on LeBron James.
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. "James had been clear that he wouldn't engage with the Cavaliers throughout the pre-draft and pre-free agent process, and has stayed consistent with that posture". The ESPN personality announced on First Take that he received two phone calls from people telling him that James texted to Kevin Durant about playing in Los Angeles.
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. The Lakers have been in talks to try to trade for Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, a Los Angeles native who would like to play for the team.
James, 33, is set to enter his 16th season in the National Basketball Association.
It was James' eighth consecutive Finals appearance, a remarkable feat not matched since Hall of Famer Bill Russell and a handful of Celtics did it in the 1960s.
The Cavs have tried unsuccessfully to engage James this summer, according to multiple sources.
"King James" was drafted by the Cavs in 2003, before leaving in 2011 for Miami Heat. He had done everything possible, and as he left Quicken Loans Arena following Game 4 along with his sons, there was an air of uncertainty heading into this summer.
With regard to the Cavaliers, they allow James to remain in the area where he grew up.