LeBron James opts out of Cleveland Cavaliers contract

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Just a year after making arguably the biggest free agency move in NBA history, LeBron James is on the market again.

According to a report from, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward has decided to opt out of his current contract with the Eastern Conference champions, turning down a guaranteed $21million in the process.

This is the third time in six years that James will be an unrestricted free agent, this one is expected to go differently however.


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Staying in Cleveland

Unlike last summer, where James ended up moving from South Beach back to his home-town team, LeBron will be staying where he is. Yes that's what they said last year as well, but it seems true, according to Brian Windhorst and Chis Broussard.

"James intends to re-sign with his current team...he also does not plan to meet with other teams."

It would make no sense for LeBron to leave the Cavs right now, for multiple reason. Firstly, he would become an absolute villain in the eyes of his home state, and known as nothing more than a mercenary who wanted as much money as possible by everyone else.

And then there is the fact that he is basically acting as an assistant GM this off-season. Cavs general manager David Griffin said last week that the team had been in regular contact with James since the end of the Finals and that he was "very engaged" in discussions about the roster.

So LeBron calls plays and decides who the team signs, that's a pretty sweet gig and one he will not find anywhere else in the NBA.


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