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CLEVELAND (WCMH/AP) — In just a few days, the world may know where LeBron James is landing next season.
Nick Wright of FOX Sports reports James, now a free agent, has informed people close to him of his decision. Wright says to expect an official announcement Tuesday morning.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star decided to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt-in to a $35.6 million deal for this coming season.
James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet Saturday morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. By the time he arrived around midday — after his flight plan was tracked online — reporters and at least one news helicopter were waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers star, who decided to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt-in to a $35.6 million deal for this coming season.
The Lakers have long been mentioned as a top destination for James, and they have more salary cap space this summer than any team in the NBA. Going to LA on Saturday doesn’t necessarily provide any hint about his team for next season, since James has homes in Southern California.
Representatives from the Philadelphia 76ers will meet Sunday with James’ agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.
James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation Saturday before NBA free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said.