LeBron James' agent Rich Paul meeting with 76ers today in Los Angeles

LeBron James averaged 27.5 points 9.1 assists and 8.7 rebounds this past season. More

The Sixers are also an elite defensive team, something that is often overlooked in the LeBron discussion.

Stay tuned. Decision III is this summer's blockbuster, and it's coming soon.

Philadelphia has the ability to pay James the maximum salary allowed by the National Basketball Association, "a $35.6 million annual maximum salary, potentially partnering him with two of the NBA's best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons", the ESPN reporter noted, adding that $35.6 million was also what James would have made with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018-2019.

George's choice could persuade James to sign a short-term deal with the Cavs.

At 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, James will be an unrestricted free agent, and agent Rich Paul is expected to contact several teams with the Lakers and Cavs atop his list. The Lakers have enough cap space to sign him and another star player, but Paul George, who they were also hoping to land, chose to stay in Oklahoma City. Sources suggested to cleveland.com that his interest in joining the iconic Los Angeles Lakers is strong.

LeBron will reportedly not be taking any big meetings with teams in free agency. Same thing with Paul George, who opted for free agency instead of the $20.7 million he was due in Oklahoma City next season, and Kevin Durant, with an option for $26.3 million in 2018-19.

Thus, remaining in Cleveland or going to Los Angeles - where he owns a home - remain the two most likely options for James to pursue.

James came back four years ago to a hero's welcome, something that seemed unimaginable when he left in disgrace four years earlier for Miami.

It was proposed that the Lakers could be looking to form a superteam with James lining up alongside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at the Staples Center. Conversely, James finished with only 15 first-place votes, worth 10 points each, to go along with 79 second-place and seven third-place tallies for a total of 738 points. He showed no signs of slowing down, if anything he had found a new gear. But at least Philadelphia, Houston and San Antonio - and maybe an outsider or two - have legitimate shots at landing James, who made it clear following this year's NBA Finals that he's still driven to win championships.

With MVP Kevin Durant heading the charge, the Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs and James, who revealed following the series that he had broken his right hand in a fit of frustration following Game 1.

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