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Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Philadelphia 76ers to meet with reps for LeBron James

Philadelphia 76ers to meet with reps for LeBron James

The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight Sunday as the free agency period opened.

Using the stretch provision on Luol Deng's contract-Deng is owed almost $37 million over the next two years-would also give the Lakers more money to spend.

The NBA star, one of the most coveted free agents in years, just signed a staggering $154 million (£117.1 million) deal over four years to play for the Los Angeles, California-based team.

In an Instagram story, LeBron thanked the city of Cleveland for an incredible four years. "This will always be home". According to ESPN, James could still fetch as much as $207 million over five years from the Cavaliers, while other teams can offer a max of $152 million over four years.

O'Neal, despite being so young, was already one of the most dominant players in the game, and was coming off a season in which he had averaged 26.6 points, 11 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game.

In the first three hours of sales, there was a 600 percent spike compared to how his new Cavaliers jersey sold on the site on the day when he returned to Cleveland from Miami in July 2014.

When Las Vegas sportsbooks like the Westgate SuperBook first posted odds for next season, the Lakers were installed with a 20-1 shot to win the National Basketball Association championship and those odds, or similar ones, held up until this weekend. As the official opening of free agency draws closer there's a strong sense that James is leaning toward the Lakers.

LeBron James's move to the LA Lakers has got a lot of high-profile stars excited.

The 33-year-old ended speculation surrounding his future early on Monday morning, announcing his eagerly-anticipated move via a press release on Twitter.

While dethroning the Golden State Warriors will be very hard, the Lakers are heading in the right direction. He was a 10-time All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP, two-time league MVP and, most memorably, the 2016 NBA Finals MVP.

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder are now "in the mix" to acquire unrestricted free agent, Javale McGee. But Wojnarowski also tweeted on Sunday that Leonard truly wants to be a Laker.

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