LeBron James could refrain from long-term Cavaliers deal until at least 2017

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As the best player in the world, LeBron James is afforded certain luxuries that other pros simply cannot rely on.

Alongside multi-million dollar endorsement deals, or having unprecedented say on team affairs, the ability to live on short-term NBA contracts safe in the knowledge that he won't be cut is something only LeBron, and a very select few others, can do.


Of course, Cavaliers fans hoping to see their hero remain with the franchise until retirement would prefer James to ink a long-term deal instead. But, per reports today, they may have to endure a few more sleepless night before that happens.


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According to Cavaliers beat writer Chris Haynes, LeBron James is likely to hold off from signing a multi-year extension with his home-state franchise until at least 2017.

Per Haynes:

"The structure of his deal ensures the Cavaliers continue to place quality players around him to compete for championships year after year. He could go the long-term route next summer, but he’ll likely shoot for the summer of 2017 when the cap rises to well over $100M."

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Although it may prove stressful for Cleveland fans to endure another round of free agency with LeBron James available on the market for other franchises, holding out until the new TV money and increases salary cap is a logical move on the part of the four-time NBA MVP.


What's more, James' one-year deals could actually help the Cavaliers fan base. Prior to signing his extension this offseason, LeBron made it clear he'd only do so if the franchise were seen to be recruiting top level talent.

Had he signed a multi-year deal that leverage would have been lost somewhat. With 2016 free agency set to be a bumper class, the fact James won't be tied down at that stage could provide much needed motivation for the front office to go out and get key names.

Cavaliers fans: Do you trust LeBron that he won't jump ship next summer if things don't go as planned? Have your say in the comments below...

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