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And though sign-and-trade possibilities are theoretically still possible, National Basketball Association rules dictate that a team can't end up with a team salary more than $6 million over the luxury tax following execution of a sign-and-trade.

While all free agent decisions are important, this one holds special weight for James, with this likely being the final destination before he retires, and what he accomplishes moving forward will shape his legacy forever. Teams can begin negotiation with free agents at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

James distanced himself from the organization during the summer of 2010 when he ultimately chose to leave.

That was the path his friend Chris Paul took last summer when he opted into his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and was then traded to the Houston Rockets. His option year for 2019-20 would be worth $38.2 million.

There is a huge amount of excitement around the city of Los Angeles for the possibility that James could be headed to the Lakers.

The Lakers, however, are able to sign James with cap space.

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. Although he might be interested in joining the team, James has also made it clear he is focused on being in position to play for championships.

Still, the two are not guaranteed the same path this offseason, as Kawhi would have to get traded if he wants to team up with LeBron outside of San Antonio. He averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists during the regular season. He showed no signs of slowing down, if anything he had found a new gear. Truth be told, James' decision to hit the open market could be considered an encouraging sign for the chances of him remaining in Cleveland.

With MVP Kevin Durant heading the charge, the Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs and James, who revealed following the series that he had broken his right hand in a fit of frustration following Game 1.

The Lakers, on the other hand, know exactly what they need to do: find another star to pair with James.

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