Making sense of National Basketball Association free agency dollars

Rival GM Le Bron James would'let the roster come together for Lakers

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James decided not to pick up the option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making the 33-year-old a free agent and clearing the way for a team like the Los Angeles Lakers to sign him. Many options for him are complicated, however, and it seems as if there's no ideal fit for him. The four-time MVP is the star of a free-agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others. James would also reportedly make the Lakers a more attractive place to play.

James has done a phenomenal job of leading his teams to the NBA Finals year after year. If he has a free agency decision sooner rather than later, however, it could be a strong indication that the Lakers will be the team to land him. With Cleveland's lack of cap space, and LeBron's rocky relationship with Dan Gilbert, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be the best fit in a free agency where no team seems to be the "perfect fit" for LeBron's now or longer term to win championships.

League sources also told ESPN the Celtics would want assurances that Leonard would not exercise his player option next summer and stay for just one season before leaving via free agency.

According to a separate ESPN report, James is unlikely to visit other teams or take an audience with suitors as he did in past free-agent circuits.

In a testament to the closeness of James' inner circle, it is unclear what he'll do in free agency.

Last week, OddsShark tweeted that the Lakers were heavily favored to sign James at 4-13, while the Cavaliers are second at 13-4.

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Clearly, Cleveland did a horrendous job at building the necessary weapons around their beloved superstar to give them a better chance of winning the championship, and as a result, James appears to be exploring his best options.

Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with the Clippers in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an unrestricted free agent.

-Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, Yahoo Sports reported, though he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

James flew into Van Nuys Airport Saturday morning on a private jet from Anguilla, according ESPN reporter Arash Markazi.

He played all 82 regular-season games for the first time, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game.

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