Isaiah Thomas looked like the player the Cavs should have never traded

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Nuggets 130, Kings 104: Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and host Denver routed Sacramento.

James can opt out of his contract after this season, and his presence in Los Angeles inspired a Lakers fan to purchase four billboards in the city. If the four-time NBA MVP declares for free agency following this season, the Lakers are believed to be among the frontrunners for his services.

"I just feel like we've got to treat every team like Golden State".

James, who finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss, heaped praise on Luke Walton for helping the young Lakers team blossom this season.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion already has a $23million (£16.6m) mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career in entertainment production, so a move to LA could be a logical step.

ESPN anchor John Buccigross posted on Twitter how much James can potentially receive if he re-signs with the Cavs and what offer he can receive if he joins another team.

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The Lakers' solid effort against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it's worth in James' mind. Brook Lopez had 22 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points each.

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He told Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon back in December that he wanted to break the mold for players like him.

Although nobody on either side is able to talk about it yet, this game seemed to carry added importance for both the Lakers and James, who will be at a crossroads shortly in his incredible career. After the 5-foot-9 dynamo rebounded his own missed 3-pointer and hit a key jumper late in the third quarter, he took a long look in the direction of the Cavs' bench and coach Tyronn Lue - or maybe just at Floyd Mayweather, his good friend sitting next to Jack Nicholson. "We can't settle for jump shots the whole game".

I.T. PROFESSIONAL: Thomas' parting with Cleveland wasn't harmonious, and he showed off his elite scoring form.

With their drubbing by the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night, the Cavaliers slipped to 6-6 since the trade day.

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