The Cavaliers also tried to keep James, reportedly being on the phone with him seconds after midnight on Sunday as the free agency period opened.
James, who has a home and production company in Los Angeles, joins a team with plenty of money to spend under the National Basketball Association salary cap and a desire to rebuild into a championship team after years of struggles. Another option for the Lakers is to acquire Kawhi Leonard through a trade. Reports of other teams seeking and even being granted meetings with James' representatives only served to fuel those thoughts.
James isn't expected to drag his choice out over several days.
James' agency made the announcement Sunday in a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract.
It means James will not have the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Warriors a fifth time in as many years in the Finals, with the Lakers and Golden State only being able to meet as far as the Conference Finals. George told a party in Oklahoma City that he's staying with the Thunder, after agreeing to terms on what is a $137 million, four-year deal that comes with an option for the final season. General manager Bryan Colangelo's resignation following an investigation into whether he created Twitter accounts to criticize his own players, has given the impression that the team isn't operating in concert and then would turn off James quickly. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans. In his Sports Illustrated essay announcing his return, he said "I always believed I'd return to Cleveland finish my career there". Smith reported the Lakers can have as much as $68 million if they can work something out with Luol Deng, and by withdrawing a qualifying offer to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.
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But while the Cavs and Lakers appear to be the front-runners for James, the Philadelphia 76ers aren't ready to give up the fight. Regardless, for the time being at least, the young Lakers are excited to have James on board. And who better to learn from and help position yourself for a life after hoops than Lakers president Magic Johnson? James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic.
The chance to play for one of America's most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game's history.
Koke and Iago Aspas then both failed in the shoot-out, marking a disappointing end to the midfielder's glorious Spain career. Sergio Ramos was the first Spanish player to talk to the media following Spain's elimination from the World Cup .
That means that we can finally turn all of our attention to free agency, which is slated to begin July 1. Looking ahead at free agency, there are quite a few reports that have connected James and George.
Prince William has made a deeply moving visit to Jerusalem's holocaust museum on his first full day of engagements in Israel. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane. "We know some of the politics are hard , but this is not a political visit ".
It is the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have been eliminated in the group stage. They have far more quality than South Korea in their squad and should secure a comfortable victory in this one.
If they can come through Saturday's tie, they may even start to believe that they can go all the way and win a third World Cup, a first since 1950. "Nine of the players on the pitch for Portugal are European champions, so that speaks of the quality, and we have been preparing for quite a while".
But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major. The Wimbledon Championships start July 2nd, and one of the most interesting stories is Serena Williams' return from pregnancy.
Senegal finished level with Japan on points in their group, missing out on the knockout stages due to having more bookings. His exit did little, however, to revive the sluggish South Americans, who had been second best in nearly every department.
Pablo Zabaleta has made shocking revelations about the emotional state of Argentina star player Lionel Messi's emotional state. The five-time Ballon d'Or award winners have not won the FIFA World Cup and continues to be a dream for them.
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Trump said on Twitter , one of several tweets he made over the weekend supporting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which critics say has treated some would-be immigrants cruelly and unfairly.
Mexico smashed but benefit from Germany collapse
In case of a draw or a loss, their chances will depend on whether South Korea manage to beat Germany in the other Group F match. The team won both its first matches in the tournament but has never achieved three consecutive victories in a World Cup .
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa challenges Lionel Messi as Argentina hero
Argentina has only one point from two matches after drawing 1-1 with Iceland and recording an embarrassing 0-3 loss to Croatia. Argentina . "There is nothing I can pay them for the past seasons I've been with them other than to say "thank you very much".
France finish top of Group C
The duo will be looking to impress and convince Deschamps for a start in the round of sixteen contest against a side from Group D. The second half was a slight improvement on the opening 45 minutes, with substitute Nabil Fekir finally showing some positivity.