While LeBron weighs his options in the Decision Cave, Brian Windhorst noted today that the 33-year old All-Star is "pretty focused on Los Angeles or Cleveland" and has turned down offers to meet with some other National Basketball Association teams, according to Bleacher Report's Ryan Cole. 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. But Cleveland's roster is in need of an overhaul, and the Cavaliers are in the hard situation of having to convince James they will continue to improve without knowing if he will be back. The four-time MVP passed on a deal with Cleveland that would have paid him $35.6 million during the 2018-19 season. Superstar James Harden won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award earlier this week, and James has a strong relationship with Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who is also a free agent. Though there's still a chance that King James will choose to stay with the Cavs, sources say he is eyeing teams like the Lakers and 76ers.
They've struck out again and again in free agencies over the years.
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Even after 15 years in the league, James is coming off one of the top seasons of his career, ending with his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. Since the departure of Kobe Bryant the Lakers have struggled to find their championship identity, failing to make the playoffs for the last few seasons.
-The Golden State Warriors are finalizing an extension to make Steve Kerr one of the NBA's highest paid coaches, according to an ESPN report. Last season's was $99.1 million, and this year's will be announced Saturday.
James, who is on vacation in Anguilla this week, has stressed he'd like to wrap up his decision quickly.
Green averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game for the Cavs this year in 78 appearances, including 13 starts.