I'm the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP. Teams can begin talking to LeBron and he can even verbally agree to terms, but teams can't officially sign unrestricted free agents until July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.
However, it now appears that this may have developed this week as Shelburne, along with fellow ESPN insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, reported that the two teams have re-engaged on trade talks for the two-time All-Star. Also a native of Southern California, George has always been thought to be eyeing a chance to join the Lakers, but his time spent with Oklahoma City may have given him second thoughts about leaving Russell Westbrook and Co.
"As it pertains to LeBron James in LA, the reports have been that he's been making some phone calls or what have you", Smith said on First Take.
James has until Friday to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers, but with George seriously considering a return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers may have a tough time convincing James he could contend in Los Angeles. I'm telling you I don't give a damn.
LeBron James could soon follow suit and decline the previous year of his contract with the Cavaliers.
The next week will be a defining period for the Los Angeles Lakers as they seek to acquire multiple marquee free agents. Well, LeBron James reached out to Kevin Durant via text, from what I'm told, about coming to Los Angeles.
Regardless of what happens from here, it's clear that the Lakers will have to make a move within the next couple of days if they don't want to risk going 0/3 on superstars this offseason.