Lebron James lands in Los Angeles Saturday

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Other than posting to his Instagram account, James did not issue a public statement after he was traded to the Lakers. His deal with the Lakers is his longest since he signed for six years with Miami in 2010.

The Lakers also didn't panic as it came time for LeBron to make his decision. Within the hour of signing James, the team signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a second one-year deal, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.

But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since. From hot free agents, big trade packages, the whole of National Basketball Association is on edge.

If the Lakers truly view Leonard as the piece that will land LeBron James, then a decision may be coming soon.

The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza in free agency to the Phoenix Suns, instead re-signing Gerald Green. On Thursday, George told the Oklahoma City Thunder he's declining his US$20.7-million option for next season.

James isn't planning any more comments and there won't be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans said Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. The tantalizing possibility of forming a superteam of LeBron, James Harden and Paul, a team that would immediately compete with the Warriors, died on the vine.




"Kawhi Leonard to miss birthday party (return from injury management)", one fan said in relation to this past season's Spurs injury report.

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and Paul on the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

James had been widely tipped to join the Los Angeles Lakers, where he can continue to develop business interests such as his media venture, Uninterrupted, in one of the nation's largest markets. He had formed a terrific partnership with Anfernee Hardaway and had already led the Orlando Magic to one finals appearance, and in his final season with that team took them to the Eastern Conference finals. He has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in 1,143 career contests.

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

The move comes after James made an emotional and unexpected return to his home state of OH in 2014.

The 36-year-old was treated by the San Antonio team doctors throughout the process and he praised them for the work they did to get him back to full fitness.

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