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NBA News and Rumors June 29: LeBron, Jordan, Kanter, and George

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With free agency nearly here, teams and players are making decisions on options.

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With NBA Free Agency beginning at 9PM PST on Saturday, teams and players are starting to make decisions on pre-deadline options. Offers and opt-outs dominated Friday’s NBA news.

As we covered earlier, LeBron James has has opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is now an unrestricted free agent.

LeBron could sign a new contract with Cleveland of course, but that doesn’t seem too likely. Dan Feldman quotes Stephen A. Smith of ESPN:

According to a couple of owners I’ve spoken to and a few executives I’ve spoken to, Dan Gilbert is known for not being particularly fond of LeBron James. He doesn’t mind the thought of LeBron James leaving at all. As a matter of fact, I had one executive tell me, “Excuse me, I can’t wait until he leaves, because I’ll get my team back.” This is something Dan Gilbert has actually echoed.

We also covered the news that DeAndre Jordan opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and will become a free agent.

In Portland Trail Blazers news, Shabazz Napier will not be extended a qualifying offer and will become a free agent on July 1.


Aaron Jackson’s team option was picked up by the Houston Rockets according to Shams Charania:


To the “delight” of New York Knicks fans, Enes Kanter opted in to his rather large player option according to Shams Charania:


Marc J. Spears is reporting that Garrett Temple has exercised his player option and will stay with the Sacramento Kings:


İsmail Şenol of Turkey followed up (in Turkish) on Arian Wojnarowski’s report that Joffrey Lauvergne had declined his player option with news that Lauvergne would be playing for Fenerbahce in Europe next year:


Woj also has the scoop on Joe Young who will be a free agent after Indiana declines their team option on him:


The Houston Rockets are showing interest in Gerald Green, but they aren’t alone says Chris Haynes:


Bojan Bogdanovic will be with the Indiana Pacers for another year as the team are fully guaranteeing his full salary according to Shams Charania:


The Boston Celtics had a nice playoff run in spite of some crucial injuries. What are the odds they make a major move to try to get over the top? Not so hot according to Danny Ainge as quoted by Gary Washburn:


Think Paul George is going anywhere other than to the Los Angeles Lakers? It sure doesn’t sound like it, as quoted by Alex Kennedy:

Speaking of the Lakers, if they can land their big targets they should have any problems filling out their roster according to Alex Kennedy:


Finally, we’ll end with another good quote collected by Alex Kennedy about the overall free agency outlook this year:


Adding some late-breaking Friday night news: Lonzo Ball suffers a knee injury according to Shams Charania: