LeBron agrees to four-year deal with Lakers

Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich

The decision makes the four-time MVP the headliner of a star-studded free-agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others. It is unclear how many of them will actually play with James rather than being included in a trade.

But NBA insiders say the Cavaliers are still in with a shot of keeping James.

Had James opted in on Friday, the Cavaliers' brass would have considered that a bad sign, as they believed that his biggest motivation to do so would be in order to accommodate a trade to another team that didn't have the cap space to sign him outright, such as the Houston Rockets.

Per McMenamin, the Cavs have "been in regular dialogue" with James' camp since the season ended earlier this month. If he does, he'll be in line to earn a smidge over $35 million in 2018-19 and then around $38 million the following season.

For the second time in his 15-year career, James will part with his home state team. This will require him starting from scratch in terms of building chemistry with his teammates, just like he did when he left Cleveland eight years ago and when he returned four years ago. That one year option is the one he has chose to knock back.

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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

The $75K a week mansion James is staying in while he decides his future. And while the Lakers have other young players, like Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, and future first-round draft picks to trade, the Celtics and 76ers are among the teams interested in Leonard that might be able to offer players with higher ceilings.

It's just day one of the National Basketball Association free-agency but the Los Angeles Lakers have already come out of it as the biggest winners after securing the services of LeBron James - the most sought-after superstar in the market.

James is now on holiday in Anguilla, dropping $75,000 a week to stay in a luxury mansion while he sorts out his future.

The move would appear to echo James' desire to not seek out elaborate pitch meetings during the recruiting process, as reported by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

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