LeBron declines option, becomes prize free agent - 6/29/2018 11:40:23 AM

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James flew into L.A. after a family vacation in the Caribbean.

There was a flurry of big-name signings in the first hours of free agency, but James remained noncommittal.

Entering his 16th National Basketball Association season, James had been with the Cavs for 11 of them with a four-year break at the Miami Heat in 2010-2014.

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More than 1,000 rescuers from several countries - including the United States and China - also joined the search team. They are clad in the kits they apparently were wearing on the morning they disappeared in the cave. "10 days.

The move was reportedly a mutual decision, with the 40-year-old German expected to re-sign this month after the team's pursuits in free agency are complete. Teams can begin negotiations with free agents at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday.

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.

For the third time in eight years, LeBron James is a free agent. James has given the Cleveland Cavaliers notice and is opting out the final year of his contract which is worth a reported $35.6 million. 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). The franchises present landing spots for James to compete for championships, and they are also loaded with enough young talent, draft assets and the contracts to make a deal work. Think about how easy it should be to build a strong contender around a dominant player like James, and when seeing how poor of a job the Cavaliers did this past season, seeing James opt out really isn't all that surprising. San Antonio has big decisions to make about Kawhi Leonard; they can take a risk and keep him for the final year of his contract, offer him a new deal or trade him elsewhere. But if James chooses, he can pick any team to go to and make it happen.

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Critics will be critics, that's why they're behind the keyboards, they do what they do and we just move forward and try and ignore that.

Players don't get punished nor should they for trying to recruit others to their team or join forces in another city.

Houston: While the Rockets once seemed a good fit, James declining his option all but eliminated the chances of him joining up with close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden.

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