Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks agree that the Rockets are unlikely to sign LeBron James in free agency.
LeBron James did not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and became an unrestricted free agent.
James had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to inform the Cavs of his intentions before the option expired.
The decision makes the four-time MVP the headliner of a star-studded free-agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins, among others.
According to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks, Cleveland can offer James a more lucrative deal than any other team — a five-year max contract in the neighborhood of $205 million. Any other suitor can offer a four-year pact worth $152 million.
Should James re-sign with a shortened one-plus-one deal in Cleveland — in order to give himself the chance to explore free agency again in the summer of 2019 — his compensation for 2018-19 would be $35.4 million, and 2019-20 would jump to $38.2 million as the option year.
Scioscia is the sixth manager in major league history to manage 3,000 games with one team.
You don’t think about it, Scioscia said about his longevity. It’s 3,000, one game at a time.
Struggling Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop (.197) was given the day off, and will likely be rested Sunday before Monday’s off day. Showalter said he wanted the 2017 All-Star to reset.
Angels: RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, who has a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, batted in a simulated game Saturday and did not experience any setbacks, Scioscia Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL said. The team hopes Ohtani can avoid Tommy John surgery. . LHP John Lamb has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo surgery in Los Angeles. . RHP Jake Jewell will Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment be out at least six months after undergoing right ankle surgery Friday. . RHP Garrett Richards (hamstring) allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start Friday with High-A Inland Empire. He lost some of his command as the outing went on, but physically he felt great, Scioscia said.