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

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The Cavs can offer James significantly more money - $207 million over five years, compared to $153 million over four years - than the Lakers and 76ers.

According to Joe Vardon of, LeBron James will opt out of his Cleveland Cavaliers contract and thus will become an unrestricted free agent.

James isn't expected to attend the meeting, which is the first significant chance for the 76ers to make case a free-agent case to James, league sources said.

James hasn't ruled out staying in Cleveland but he has a reputation for seeking out greener pastures and no fans know that better than the Cavaliers' faithful. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. More than that, he has let his agent Rich Paul and the rest of his team handle dealings with teams (although LeBron himself has reached out to players he wants to team up with - player-to-player is not tampering under the NBA's rules).

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Philadelphia hasn't hid its desire to land James, a three-time champion who would instantly make the club a championship contender.

Shortly after the 12:01 EDTam start to free agency, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and Paul, the person said.

Jefferson has a special place in Cleveland sports lore, as he was a member of the team that broke the city's 52-year major sports championship curse and won the NBA Championship with an upset win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 on June 19, 2016. Once James makes his decision, other free agent dominos will continue to fall.

James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.

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If the Lakers can offer up enough assets to snare Leonard, the chances of James heading to La La land would seem a viable option due to Leonard being one of the premier two-way players in the game and the Lakers still having enough cap space to offer James a max deal.

According to ESPN, this is the longest deal James has signed since he signed a six-year-deal with the Miami Heat back in 2010.

Which side of the proverbial fence James is leaning on is still a bit unclear.

He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word. But if they choose not to do that, there will be few options for employment for Cousins or other players on the market for more than the mid-level exception. It is important to note the lineup is likely to look different as the off-season progresses, even if James comes to L.A. The Indiana University product excelled for the Lakers' G League affiliate but averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 appearances for Los Angeles. Well, at least young and outspoken center Embiid isn't.

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League-wide, there are a handful of big-name free agents who join James in fighting for dollars in a market that's nearly void of teams with significant cash to spend.