LeBron a Laker, but will wealth translate to titles?

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LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

Known as a hustler-rebounder for his first two National Basketball Association seasons, Harrell showed an ability to score in bunches past year as a Clippers reserve, averaging a career-high 11.0 points per game.

Kawhi Leonard has followed George's example in demanding a trade and letting it be known that he intends on being a Los Angeles Laker, either this summer or the next when he is an unrestricted free agent.

Hezonja averaged 9.6 points last season, easily the best of his three-year career.

Without even taking a meeting with the Lakers, the Palmdale native committed to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly. Also with teams like Houston who has shown the ability to contend as they were one win away from the NBA Finals and the Los Angeles Lakers who are an improving team and had just obtained superstar LeBron James.

This offseason has already been a compelling one, but it's about to reach a new level with free agency getting under way at midnight on Saturday (EST, 08:00 UAE time).

LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. A restricted free agent, Harrell - who's only a year older than Randle - might be attainable at a relatively cheap price if the Clippers don't see him as part of their future plans.

The second year is at Baynes' option, meaning he could be a free agent again next summer. Conversely, speculation pointed to James signing with the Lakers.

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He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word.

Beyond that, the Thunder would likely have to trade rotation players to save money next season. He didn't disappoint in Miami either, winning titles in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, but losing to seasoned Dallas and San Antonio teams in 2011 and '14, respectively. One of the main reasons why is contending for a championship.

The 76ers met with James' representatives Sunday, obviously to no avail.

A person with knowledge of the contract says the club has reached an agreement with VanVleet on a two-year, $18 million deal.

The Cavs can also offer him the most lucrative package, a five-year, $209 million contract.

Meanwhile, Durant, the NBA's new movable feast, just left $100 million on the table in Golden State, declining the security of a four-year $160 million contract for two years and $61.5 million - with an opt-out next summer. Lakers fans were holding onto hope that his return to his hometown would mark a new era for the franchise, with many singing his praises before anything was set in stone.

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