The Summer of LeBron has officially begun.

After taking the Cavaliers to their fourth straight NBA Finals, LeBron James has turned down his player option worth $35.6 million next season to become an unrestricted free agent. There’s still a possibility LeBron will be on the Cavaliers next season — Cleveland can offer him a new contract worth more than $200 million over five years — but the four-time MVP will have the choice of joining a franchise in better position to compete for a title in free agency.
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Just imagine teams trying to score against LeBron, Simmons and Defensive Player of the Year finalist Embiid on one end of the court. (Remember, the 76ers had the third-best defense in the NBA this season without LeBron.) Now imagine trying to slow down a trio of physically imposing players who are each comfortable breaking down mismatches with their backs to the basket on the other end of the court with two knockdown shooters spacing the floor for them.

Williams walked Austin Hedges and pinch-hitter Matt Szczur with one out in the fifth. They advanced on Travis Jankowski’s sacrifice bunt ahead of Myers’ big double.

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Lucchesi (4-3) won for the first time since April 28. He was making his third start since missing five weeks with a strained right hip. The left-hander allowed one hit while striking out five and walking four.

San Diego’s Matt Strahm yielded a run and two hits in the sixth.

If LaVar Ball isn’t enough of an X Factor, Schultz recounted a conversation with an NBA exec who, noting the Lakers’ addition of free-agent Lance Stephenson Sunday night, said, The New showtime: 3 Ls. Lance, Lavar and LeBron.