Lakers have 'inside track' to signing LeBron James

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LeBron resides in LA during the offseason, and has done for many a year now, but with the Lakers being his most likely destination in free agency, every detail of his life pertaining to the Los Angeles area is being analysed in microscopic detail. He has a couple of homes in Los Angeles and often spends his summers in Southern California. But Cleveland's roster is in need of an overhaul, and the Cavaliers are in the hard situation of having to convince James they will continue to improve without knowing if he will be back.

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. The four-time MVP is the star of a free-agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others. And although the two sides have been in touch since the Cavs were swept by the Warriors in the NBA Finals, no face-to-face meeting is imminent. James has not publicly commented on what team he will sign with as his family and close advisers consider offers at his "decision cave" in the Caribbean.

Friday, Lebron James officially entered free agent territory once again when he opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team has gone 265-63 in his four seasons at the helm, making four trips to the NBA Finals and winning three titles.

The players at the top of the free agency chain will dictate how soon other free agents begin signing. Sources suggested to cleveland.com that his interest in joining the iconic Los Angeles Lakers is strong.

The Cavs can also offer him the most lucrative package, a five-year, $209 million contract.

ESPN Sports Business correspondent Darren Rovell on Sunday noted a significant advantage that would accrue to James by choosing to ink a deal with Philadelphia rather than the Lakers, posting to his own Twitter feed.

The chance to join one of the league's most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year's Finals that he remains in "championship mode". Then Brown would bank on his relationship with the swingman, the chance to play with some of the NBA's best talent and a full year in a budding Sixers culture to sway Leonard into sticking around long term.

Temple averaged a career-high 8.4 points in 65 games (35 starts) last season.

Last week, the league announced that James finished second to James Harden in the race for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, as the Rockets guard picked up 86 first-place votes and 15 second-place tallies on the way to 965 points.

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