Kobe Bryant got a call before passing torch to LeBron James

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The Knicks and Clippers were also mentioned but James opted for Los Angeles, now run by former Lakers great Magic Johnson. The 76ers recently parted ways with general manager Bryan Colangelo and their basketball operations are now being overseen by coach Brett Brown.

"The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances".

CLEVELAND The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James.

By declining his option, James positioned himself to be able to choose where he'll play next, and Cleveland remains a strong possibility, even though he declined his option for next season. But the Lakers still have plenty of cap space after signing James, and could still add more talent.

Paul also represents Simmons and James has been complimentary of the Rookie of the Year.

LeBron, 33, had been linked with a move to the Lakers in recent months as it became clear his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers could not realistically compete with the Golden State Warriors.

Fans of James who have purchased a jersey in the past 90 days can exchange it for free for a Los Angeles Lakers jersey, thanks to an insurance program.

He joined the league In 2003 as the first overall draft pick by Cleveland. After years of Stephenson trying to troll James, James was nearly in on the joke by the time the series finished, even giving a reporters a play on words of Stephenson's nickname 'Born Ready.' . Gilbert, who has been the majority owner of the Cavaliers since 2005, released a statement thanking James for winning the National Basketball Association championship in 2016 and for his time in a Cleveland uniform.

A couple years later, after word broke that he was leaving, he said goodbye on Instagram.

Wine-and-gold vs. Purple-and-gold. Well, at least young and outspoken center Embiid isn't.

James follows basketball legends such as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in wearing the famous Lakers uniform.

The Lakers legend met with James in one of his Los Angeles homes for approximately three hours on Saturday night, when the NBA's free agency period tipped off. The Lakers can afford to be patient in building the team, even if James wasn't on board.

For now, though, he's not attached to anyone.

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