George will have a player option in Year 4.
The Spurs are reportedly hoping to send him to an Eastern Conference team if they do decide to make a trade, and drew strong interest from a 76ers team that "badly wants" Leonard. The Cavaliers had said publicly that if James left, they would still try to win. The deal will pay him in the $12 million to $13 million range, according to Wojnarowski. The Sixers have shown a willingness to trade for Leonard without a promise that he'd re-sign with them in 2019, when he'd be able to opt out of his contract. After Paul George decided not to join the LA team, as widely predicted, the Lakers will now be more determined to land Leonard and ensure James is not a stranded superstar on its roster.
James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his US$35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday. Redick, the Sixers' starting shooting guard, gets his second consecutive one-year contract. That one year option is the one he has chose to knock back.
Cleveland FBI: A July 4 Terror Attack Was Planned
Downtown Cleveland along with many other U.S. cities host fireworks displays every year to celebrate the U.S. Pitts met with the undercover agent again Sunday, where he also discussed a separate attack in Philadelphia.
The balance of power in the National Basketball Association could shift if James chooses to leave Cleveland and create a new superteam with the Los Angeles Lakers or join a burgeoning power such as the Houston Rockets or Philadelphia 76ers. One bookmaker told ESPN that Cleveland's championship odds if James stayed were 10-1.
According to a new report, Kawhi Leonard's San Antonio Spurs fate was sealed in his own mind as early as March. It's unclear whether he'll meet with those jockeying for his signature or whether his representatives will handle the meetings while "King" James puts his feet up.