LeBron doesn't have plans to meet with Cavs

LeBron doesn't have plans to meet with Cavs

They unloaded Timofey Mozgov's four-year, $64 million contract and D'Angelo Russell on the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for the 27th pick in the 2017 draft and Brook Lopez's expiring contract. The five-year playoff drought for the Lakers has felt like a long one. It's possible that they will show more interest now that Paul George has chose to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

And it leaves the Cavs picking up the pieces of a James exit for the second time in eight years.

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and Paul over the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

With his 31-point, 12-rebound, 11-assist showing in a 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena in late February, James made National Basketball Association history as he became the first player ever to eclipse 30,000 points 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists in a career. Sunday's announcement came on the opening day of the new league year.

You can't overstate what a gut punch the past few days have been to Rockets fans, who a little more than a month ago had two chances to knock off the dynastic Warriors - two Western Conference Finals elimination games that the Rockets led by double-digits at halftime. That deal meant the Lakers could now create the cap room for two max contracts this offseason.

It was previously thought that George's choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers were determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.

That puts the Lakers in a tough spot, as they may have to trade assets for a player who wants to join them next summer, just to land James. He was even more prolific in the postseason, with norms of 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists, and a.539-.342-.746 shooting line. And while Riley has won three more of his own as a coach and executive in Miami, the roots of Riley and Johnson's success are with the 80s Showtime Lakers and their championship machine. He returned to action late in November last season after missing the first 19 games. Both LeBron James and George opted out of their respective deals well before the June 29th deadline.

A couple years later, after word broke that he was leaving, he said goodbye on Instagram. He added that Northeast Ohio "will always be home".

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