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James Harden: Houston Rockets guard named Most Valuable Player at NBA Awards

"I think the people's MVP was definitely James [Harden], but the NBA MVP is definitely LeBron [James]".

Like James, Durant can opt-out of his contract. I got two phone calls last night, after hours, with folks telling me that LeBron James reached out to Kevin Durant ... In this picture, James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 8, 2018.

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson recently told reporters he would step down if the team couldn't land any star players over the next two summers, and that type of pressure may force the franchise to go all-in on a deal to make it happen.

If those are, indeed, Durant's thoughts, Twitter seems to agree with him. That is not information that I got. One All-Star player that unexpectedly popped up in the discussion today was Kevin Durant, who LeBron reportedly reached out to about teaming up on the Lakers.

Serena Williams seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer No. 1
By doing so, Williams has been afforded protection from having to face any other seeded player in either of the first two rounds. British No.1 Johanna Konta - who beat Halep in the 2017 quarterfinals before falling to Venus, 6-4, 6-2 - is seeded 22nd.

Walgreens and CVS stocks plummet as Dr
In April, CNBC reported Walmart Inc. was in talks to buy the company for "under $1 billion", citing unnamed sources. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Amazon referred to the deal as a "definitive merger agreement".

Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw
Don't miss a moment of the World Cup! "He's a bit shy but he is a very good player", Southampton center back Maya Yoshida said. Senegal went ahead for the second time in the match when Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes.

On Saturday, LeBron James will make his decision weather to opt into the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, worth $35.6 million, or become a free agent.

To this point, their reported focus has fallen on signing George and James, while also pursuing a trade for Leonard. Particularly when taking into account how seamlessly Durant joined the Warriors and that they're looking on winning a third consecutive championship this season.

LeBron James could soon follow suit and decline the past year of his contract with the Cavaliers. We'll keep you posted.

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