For the third offseason in a row, LeBron James will be a free agent. The 2016 NBA Finals MVP has decided not to exercise his player option for the 2016-17 season, thereby putting him on the open market when free agency begins July 1. Finals MVP LeBron James will not exercise his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2016-17 season, according to his agent, Rich Paul.
Kevin Durant will meet with the Thunder, Warriors, Spurs, Celtics, Heat and Clippers once free agency begins. Even if he’s favoring one team or another, each of those six will get a chance to sway him. One team’s approach though already looks less than than inspiring. Dan Woike of The Orange County Register: While all options will be discussed, the Clippers are expected to a highlight a scenario in which Durant would sign a deal to play alongside Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. To make the most competitive offer possible, the Clippers would have to trade J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and C.J. Wilcox and renounce the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and all of their own free agents.