As the Decision nears for LeBron James, the Cavaliers will not meet with the star in person once free agency starts. 

By Charlotte Carroll
June 30, 2018

The deadline for when players can opt into the last remaining year on their contracts or become free agents has passed, and the start of NBA free agency is just a day away. 

The countdown is now on before news starts breaking at midnight on Saturday on where players will be heading.

LeBron James and DeAndre Jordan opted out of their deals on Friday. With the recent moves by the Clippers and Mavericks, it seems likely that Jordan is on his way out of Los Angeles and headed to Dallas. But the Warriors will also reportedly take a shot at signing Jordan.  

With just hours remaining until free agency, The Decision 3.0 is making fans nervous across several teams and has achieved peak media interest. 

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Free agency gets started at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, but players won't be able to officially sign deals until noon on July 6.

Here are the latest news and rumors from around the league.

7 p.m.

• With Will Barton presumably off the market, Indiana could turn its attention to Doug McDermott or Joe Harris. The Pacers have also been rumored to try and lure Aaron Gordon from the Magic in restricted free agency. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• The Denver Nuggets are expected to re-sign Will Barton quickly after free agency begins at 12:01 on July 1. Barton averaged 33.1 minutes and 15.7 points per game for Denver last year. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

6 p.m.

• Paul George is reportedly leaning toward re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two- or three-year deal. (Marc Stein, New York Times) George will also reportedly be in attendance at the house party Russell Westbrook is having Saturday night. (Royce Young, ESPN)

5 p.m.

• The Timberwolves have waived center Cole Aldrich, who now joins the free agent market. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• The Lakers have released forward Thomas Bryant. (Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports)

• The Suns are waiving point guard Tyler Ulis, and he will now enter free agency. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

3 p.m.

• LeBron James is reportedly in Los Angeles. (Arash Markazi, ESPN)

• The Cavaliers will not meet with LeBron James or his representatives when free agency starts at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday. Instead, James' agent will conduct business over the phone. The Cavs still have re-signing James as their biggest priority. (Dave McMenamin, ESPN)

• Kevin Durant may sign a "1+1" contract — a one-year deal with a player option for next season, which puts his future with the Warriors in question. (Multiple reports)

1 p.m.

• DeMarcus Cousins is likely returning to Pelicans on a short-term deal. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• The Lakers are planning on guaranteeing center Ivica Zubac's contract for the upcoming season. (Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports)

10 a.m.

• The Cavaliers plan to keep Kevin Love if LeBron James leaves. They are interested in re-signing Jeff Green. (Joe Vardon, Cleveland.com)

• The Warriors will explore their shots at signing DeAndre Jordan after he became a free agent by opting out of his Clippers deal. But the move would require Jordan to take a pay cut. (Marc Stein, The New York Times)

• The Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have mutually decided to decline his $5 million option for next season. They will plan to settle on a new contract in July. (Marc Stein, The New York Times)

• Clippers center Deandre Jordan will opt-out of his $24.1 million deal and become an unrestricted free agent. A pathway has been cleared to negotiate a deal with the Mavericks. The Clippers then tweeted a thank-you message to Jordan. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to be ready for training camp next season. (Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports)

• The relationship between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard "cannot be repaired," and the 76ers want Leonard "badly." (Marc Stein, The New York Times on The Dan Patrick Show)

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