NBA free agency opened with a bang at midnight, with plenty of big moves made by players not named LeBron James, including: Paul George signing a four-year extension in Oklahoma City, DeAndre Jordan heading to Dallas, and Chris Paul staying in Houston.
Of course, there has been no decision made by James yet about where he will play next year, but according to Dave McMenmin of ESPN, James and his agent Rich Paul spoke on the phone with Cavs general manager Koby Altman as free agency kicked off at midnight:
Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke to both Rich Paul and LeBron James over the phone at 12:01 a.m., sources tell ESPN.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 1, 2018
So was this call James and company informing the Cavs of his intention to head out west? Or was it the beginning of a negotiation? That remains, unsurprisingly, unclear at this time. And ultimately, James’ presence for this initial conversation being a good thing or a bad thing will only be known in hindsight.
Teams and players can verbally agree to contracts over the next five days, with players being able to sign at this time.
James just returned from vacation on Saturday, landing in Los Angeles where he typically spends his summers.