LeBron James confirms he will not be leaving Cleveland this summer

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Just when you thought the week couldn't get any better for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it just did. After delivering the franchise its first ever championship after 46 years, hometown superstar LeBron James has confirmed he has no plans to leave again.

At this moment there probably wasn't much else the King needed to do to endear himself to the Ohio faithful but his commitment to the team has put his hero status in Cleveland at an all-time high. 

The three-time NBA Finals MVP can opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cavs and become a free agent this summer, but has insisted he intends to stay with the Cavaliers. 

Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin at the team's championship parade on Wednesday he said: "I love it here in Cleveland. I have no intentions of leaving. There are some technicalities to take care of I'll leave up to my agent. That's right from the horse's mouth."

The 31-year-old has immediately quashed any speculation that could have emerged once the free agency market opens on July 1 and has saved reporters a lot of time and column inches where they would've undoubtedly debated whether he would leave Cleveland again. 

With the rise in the salary cap - believed to shoot up to $94m - LeBron is still likely to opt out of his deal and seek a longer contract on improved terms. 


At the third time of asking, King James finally delivered a title to the Wine and Gold and was voted as the unanimous Finals MVP. 

James helped his team become the first to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy. 

The Akron native and the entire organisation was greeted by 1.3 million people on the streets of Cleveland on Wednesday at the parade as the entire city came to a standstill to cheer on their heroes.

It was a moment that LeBron had dreamt of throughout his 13-year career and it finally came to fruition. He may have taken the long road to get it done, but it was certainly worth the wait. 

After leaving the franchise in 2010 to join the Miami Heat - where he spent four years and won his first two championships - he returned home with the sole purpose of ending the Cavs' trophy drought and he did that in some style.

Safe in the knowledge that their superstar won't jump ship again, general manager David Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert can now focus on rebuilding the roster in order to repeat next year. 

J.R. Smith, Timofey Mozgov, Matthew Dellavedova, James Jones and Richard Jefferson are all set to become free agents and the team must decide which, if any, of those players it wants to re-sign. 

Jefferson - who turned 36 on Tuesday - confirmed immediately after the game that he will be retiring but appeared to perform something of a u-turn on Wednesday when he told Cavs fans, "If you want me to play one more year, I'll play one more year."

Having gone over the luxury tax to build a championship-winning team last summer, the Cleveland front office can head into this summer with no pressure to do the same and can instead enjoy their achievements for a little while longer.

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