LeBron James' agent Rich Paul meeting with 76ers today in Los Angeles

LeBron James averaged 27.5 points 9.1 assists and 8.7 rebounds this past season. More

James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation Saturday before National Basketball Association free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said.

But it appears the same can not be said for southern California.

James already has some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company.

They can still afford the King and James has a strong connection to the city of Cleveland, but the bad blood between James and the front office has led most to believe that the team and the king have agreed to a mutual separation.

After weeks of speculation, the Philadelphia 76ers and their fans finally heard the news they've been waiting to hear after LeBron James announced on Friday that he would be opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2018-19 season. The general teams involved have been the Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets and 76ers.

The 33-year-old superstar has spent the last four seasons with the Cavs, with whom he reached four straight NBA Finals and won a championship in 2016.

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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. Teams that can't afford a marquee free agent can try to entice the Spurs with a trade package for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

James is reportedly unlikely to visit other teams or take an audience with suitors - even the Cavaliers - as he did in past free agent circuits. He's said how he would enjoy living the Los Angeles lifestyle and having his family move to that environment as well. His salaries from the first 15 years of his career add up to a cumulative sum of $203 million - but LeBron could double his career salary earnings in a single contract if he plays another five years.

ESPN Sports Business correspondent Darren Rovell on Sunday noted a significant advantage that would accrue to James by choosing to ink a deal with Philadelphia rather than the Lakers, posting to his own Twitter feed.

The emotional side to this is obvious, James is separating from the Cavs again (for the third time in four years) with no guarantees that he'll re-sign. Then Brown would bank on his relationship with the swingman, the chance to play with some of the NBA's best talent and a full year in a budding Sixers culture to sway Leonard into sticking around long term.

Always one to pride himself on efficiency, James shot 54.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range.

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