At 12:01 a.m. on July 1, the NBA's biggest free agent class will officially hit the market, meaning LeBron James will finally have to make a decision. Will he re-sign with his hometown Cavaliers, or will he jump to a rival team that can offer a bigger market, brighter lights and a max contract ... kind of like these guys did. Here's a look at some of the biggest names in sports who signed with another team in free agency, not including sign-and-trades.
Fresh off becoming the youngest player to reach 3,000 career hits, Rose was lured to the Phillies with a then-record $3.2 million, four-year deal in hopes of leading them to their first World Series title. Rose delivered with the Phillies, hitting .331 in his first season before helping the team that elusive World Series in 1980. Rose hit .291 in five seasons in Philadelphia.
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