LeBron James will become a free agent in 2018 and that means his future with the Cleveland Cavaliers will be a major talking point throughout the season.
With a year left on his deal in Ohio, rumours have already been rife throughout this summer about LBJ's future plans.
Inevitably, King James was asked about next year's free agency during the Cavs' Media Day and despite not going into much detail, he insisted that he still remains interested in ending his career in his hometown but won't give the matter much thought during the campaign.
"[My feelings on Cleveland] haven't changed, that's why I sit here today still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship," James said.
"Any time I'm able to be a free agent or my contract is ending, I'll approach that when the summer comes. I don't ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans or talk about free agency all year long because I'm not going to give energy to something I can handle in the summertime when I should be focused on what I'm doing on a day-to-day basis to help this franchise compete for a championship."
When he returned to Cleveland in 2014, the four-time MVP said he had no desire to switch teams again and signed new contracts in 2015 and 2016 with minimum fuss.
But having lost convincingly in the Finals to the Golden State Warriors last season and the departure of Kyrie Irving, there is more uncertainty around James' future now.
Just like his two previous moves in free agency in 2010 and 2014, LeBron is planning to take the same business approach next year.
"At the end of the day, I have a contract and I will fill out that obligation as I've always done," James said. "If you know me, I've always handled it in the most businesslike way. And I will do that with my team and I will do that in the summertime as we always have."
Several reports during the offseason have stated that the 13-time All-Star has already made his decision to leave 'The Land' and has his eyes set on forming a 'superteam' with the Los Angeles Lakers.
There are sure to be more rumours during the course of the campaign but the King certainly won't allow that to distract him from his main focus of delivering another title for the franchise.News Now - Sport News