76ers reportedly believe they could sign Kawhi Leonard long-term

LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard

James then carried the Cavs, with their flawed roster after a massive trade-deadline turnover, through the Eastern Conference playoffs - they survived two Game 7s and swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors - to the National Basketball Association finals for a fourth straight showdown with the Golden State Warriors.

When the free agency period begins on Sunday morning, LeBron James or any of his representatives will not have an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials, according to a report by ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The scenario that's been placed out there is George and James signing with the Lakers, who haven't made the playoffs the last five years after going 35-47 this season, their best finish since 2012-13.

With the start of free agency upon us, there have been plenty of Lakers rumors.

By declining his option, James positioned himself to be able to choose where he'll play next, and Cleveland, just up the road from his home near Akron, remains a strong possibility. The Lakers might have been trying, but they didn't acquire another star to prove to James that they could build something special in order for him to commit to a four-year, $154 million deal. Los Angeles might not look like a title contender now, especially in a world where the Golden State Warriors exist, but - in James' estimation, presumably - it will. Much of it had to do directly with discrepancies between his camp and the team's doctors about the nature and severity of his injury, along with a time-line for recovery. That eliminated the possibility of George and LeBron linking up with the Los Angeles Lakers, and figures to make the Lakers' pursuit of LeBron more hard.

Belgium favourites against combative Japan
Premier League striker Shinji Okazaki , known to provide the scoring spark for Japan , is in doubt to play with an ankle injury. Romelu Lukaku scored four goals, a brace in each of the matches, and he also did it with just four shots on target.

On an Instagram story, James wrote: "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons".

"Leonard - a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time First-Team All-NBA selection - possesses the shooting prowess to play on or off the ball, and would seem to be an ideal fit with James", according to Yahoo Sports. James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014. James flew into L.A. after a family vacation in the Caribbean.

The Lakers last won a championship in 2010.

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