76ers to meet with LeBron James' agent in Los Angeles

Lakers brass headed by former NBA champion Magic Johnson will try to convince NBA superstar Le Bron James to sign with Los Angeles now that he has become a free agent

James announced on Sunday night that he's agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers, a decision that dredged up bad memories for some Cavs fans.

In a short statement, he said on Instagram: "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons".

He played in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career in 2017-18 and becomes the first player in National Basketball Association history to lead the post-season in scoring and switch teams during the off-season.

The Lakers had a large amount of cap space to work with.

The meeting occurred after James' agent reportedly had conversations with the Cavaliers. "We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see".

James just flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean - fuelling talk the LA Lakers are the frontrunners to secure his services. The 33-year-old became a free agent on July 1, and will be moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Some had expected the move to Los Angeles, where the OH native owns two homes. The team traded him to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Brian Grant, Lamar Odom and two draft picks, but not before he and Bryant had led them to three championships.

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Cleveland was 12-1 on Friday when it was still in the running to retain James.

Those odds may go down since George signed with the Thunder.

According to ESPN, the fourth year of his contract is a player option.

Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal.

That's made it tough for Cleveland to upgrade its roster, but the Cavs remain committed to bringing back James even for just one more year.

The Lakers can offer top money plus talent and draft picks in order to surround James with competitive players enough to challenge the Warriors, who suddenly must contend with James as a Pacific division rival rather than a foe to be faced only twice a season and for the National Basketball Association title.

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