When the free agency period begins on Sunday, LeBron James or any of his representatives will not have an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials, according to a report by ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
LeBron James was at his herculean best for the Cavaliers. They did take steps to add more talent around James not long after the big announcement by signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - another Klutch Sports client - to a one-year, $12 million deal.
James is considered a rival of retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan for the title of greatest player in National Basketball Association history.
Cleveland has a couple of other veterans from last year's team set to be free agents - Jeff Green and Jose Calderon - but neither is considered a "first-pass" guy and should be still on the market after the Cavs have figured out James' plans. Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favourite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in year one.
Dallas also intends to decline the $5 million club option on Dirk Nowitzki's contract and re-sign him once its salary structure is more settled, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday.
Gilbert, whose relationship with James improved after the Cavs' title but was always a source of speculation, went on to credit the four-time MVP for delivering on his promise to make Cleveland a championship city.
After "ending the friendship" with James over repeated questions about free agency, Jefferson took the next step and put his response on a t-shirt, which he wore to the beach, and later, posted a picture of on Instagram.
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Steve Kerr, who led the Warriors to two straight National Basketball Association titles, has meanwhile agreed to a deal which will make him one of the highest-paid coaches, ESPN reported. James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014.
On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class.
Per Vardon, a source close to James said James would not be involved in any of these initial meetings with teams.
It's hard to read too much into this, as far as where James may land. George is from Palmdale, California, northwest of Los Angeles, and Leonard is from Riverside, 88km east.
Remember, James can't even talk to the Lakers until midnight.
Embiid sounds like someone who's either a little sore his team isn't going to get picked, or perhaps he's playing some brain games with James.