4-Time NBA Most Valuable Player Lebron James Declines Cleveland Cavaliers Contract

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The Lakers are hoping they can persuade him to sign with them.

The Sixers reportedly will meet with James' representatives Sunday in Los Angeles.

So I'm not saying the Sixers should give up on going after LeBron James but they probably have a better chance at getting Kawhi Leonard. There are still plenty of intriguing avenues to take in free agency and the trade market.

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The Sixers already have the cap space to simply sign LeBron James, so if they were able to make a trade for Leonard, they wouldn't have to make any subsequent moves to add "The King". One bookmaker told ESPN that Cleveland's championship odds if James stayed were 10-1.

He also opted out of his contract with Cleveland in 2015, to sign a new two year deal with a one year option.

Sources said Caldwell-Pope will re-sign on a one-year, $12 million deal and that Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal. Will Leonard be joining him in Los Angeles? Much of it had to do directly with discrepancies between his camp and the team's doctors about the nature and severity of his injury, along with a time-line for recovery.

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James has been linked to multiple teams in free agency, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. Both L.A. and Northern Ohio are home to James, and he has no such connection with the City of Brotherly Love.

James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said.

According to ESPN insider Bobby Marks, Cleveland can offer James a more lucrative deal than any other team - a five-year max contract in the neighborhood of $205 million. That eliminated the possibility of George and LeBron linking up with the Los Angeles Lakers, and figures to make the Lakers' pursuit of LeBron more hard. The Lakers have a number of intriguing young players, including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, that they may look to trade as they enter "win now" mode.

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