There's little doubt James has some quality years ahead of him.
Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. start to free agency, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and Paul, the person said. But going to LA on Saturday doesn't necessarily provide any hint about his team for next season, since James has homes in Southern California.
George's choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers are determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.
Rumors of James' imminent move to the Lakers have been swirling for weeks, and when the news finally hit, many fans were excited to see the speculation become reality - especially Chrissy Teigen, who did some investigative, tongue-in-cheek reporting of her own before the news went public.
Every move he makes, every quote he gives, every single thing he does from now until he announces his decision will be overblown to frankly ridiculous proportions.
James has spent his last four seasons in Cleveland, making a triumphant return to his hometown team after four seasons with the Miami Heat.
Last summer's stunning trade of guard Kyrie Irving left the Cavs without a quality running mate for James, who was forced to carry a heavier offensive load throughout the regular season and playoffs. Paul missed the last two games of that series with an injury, and the Rockets wasted big leads in both of those games - then had to watch the Warriors sweep Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title. He's owed $24.1 million next year and has a $25.6 million option for the following year. From there, Los Angeles would have some roster shuffling to do to add a key second piece. In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he'll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats.