Some fans stunned at LeBron James' massive deal with Lakers

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ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported this week that James would not be seeking elaborate pitch meetings during the free-agency process.

Yet whatever pitfalls that might come with how James goes about his decision, the Cavs, according to the source, are still very much hoping to re-sign him. That's $38.5 million per season.

This is the third time in eight years that James has changed teams via free agency.

James can sign his deal on Friday when the National Basketball Association moratorium ends. Philadelphia is only meeting with LeBron's agent and representatives. He's also impressed with coach Brett Brown and the Sixers' state-of-the-art facility. Free agency began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

The mystery of where Kawhi Leonard will play next season continues. However, sources have said that the Sixers are still in the hunt for trading for Leonard as well. There are conflicting reports on whether James wants to wait to see what kind of roster the Lakers could construct before he would sign. The Sixers still have a max slot to offer LeBron.

The decision was announced in a tweeted press release from LeBron's agent, Rich Paul, and the agency Klutch Sports Group. The fan had supposedly followed the formers Cavs star from the airport to get the footage, which literally just shows two black SUV's and no sight of James at all. Leonard has been at odds with the Spurs for months and asked for a trade, preferably to the Los Angeles Lakers. They can't sign with other teams for several days.

James helped the Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Finals, the first title in franchise history, and took the team to the Finals four years in a row. The Lakers measure success by how many banners they lift to the rafters, and James will look to join the likes of Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in Laker lore.

LeBron has left Cleveland for the second time. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans.

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