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Players who have been in the league for six years or fewer can only make 25 percent of the cap in the first year of a max deal.

An NBA ownership group reportedly found that signing LeBron James could generate roughly $65 million for the franchise annually, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Let's take a look at what the Lakers roster and starting lineup would look like if James signed with the Lakers.

For the third time in eight years, LeBron James is a free agent. But the Cavaliers assembled a weak supporting cast around James last season and attempted to revamp the team the trade deadline.

LeBron James is about to get a bigger payday than he was expecting.

In the meantime, without James or Love on the books, and the likelihood of being free from paying Hill, Korver, or JR Smith in 2019, the Cavs could have significant salary space to start to retool. The appeal of playing for one of the league's most storied teams is another allure.

"That is why the offer would be much lower than what the Lakers could offer".

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The decision to decline the option for 2018-19 was expected by James because it gives him more options, which includes him re-signing with the Cavs, who can offer him a five-year, $209 million contract.

Lebron James landed in Los Angeles Saturday - fueling more speculation about the future of the National Basketball Association superstar.

If the Rockets could simply add James to their roster, joining Houston would be close to a no-brainer for James.

James had until 11:59 p.m.to express his intentions to the Cavs and his agent Rich Paul informed the team in the morning, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. The Lakers are the current favorite to land James, but the Sixers and Rockets are also in the running.

Cleveland can offer the most money, and the Cavs are, after all, James' hometown team. With the salary cap continuing to rise, LeBron could sign a one-year contract instead.

Marks has the pool of teams in the running down to three: the Lakers, the Sixers and the Cavaliers. He's owed $24.1 million next year and has a $25.6 million option for the following year.

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