LeBron James weighing many options as free agency looms

Dean Simpson
July 1, 2018

On Friday, Rich Paul, James' agent informed the Cavaliers that his client would be declining his $35.6-million player option with the Cavaliers for next season, meaning he would become an unrestricted free agent.

With LeBron James arriving in Los Angeles ahead of free agency and reports that he's not scheduled to have a meeting with the Cavaliers at the start of free agency, the evidence continues to mount that James is headed to the Lakers. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic.

James has done a phenomenal job of leading his teams to the NBA Finals year after year.

Cleveland has a $5.3 million exception to the salary cap, and can go over the cap to re-sign restricted free agent Rodney Hood. Soon-Shiong also mentioned the possibility of other All-Stars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard teaming up with James on the Lakers. The Cavs have tried to trade him multiple times since they acquired him in 2014. The Rockets will look to resign key players on their own roster, including Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green and Luc Mbah a Moute.

James, 33, tested the free agency for the first time in 2010, announcing to fan he would play for the Miami Heat on a nationally televised program special titled, "The Decision".

Don't tell the National Basketball Association referees, but LeBron James is traveling.

There are still plenty of conflicting reports regarding LeBron James, who hasn't given any public indication of what he plans to do. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well.

James is a 14-time All-Star, a 14-time All-NBA selection, six-time All-Defense selection, a four-time MVP and three-time champion. Hoops Hype reported several notable veterans have said privately they would be willing to play with James for the minimum.

There will be a lot of coverage of this story this summer and a lot of let down once LeBron signs a long term deal with his current team with an opt out after two seasons, leaving us to have the same conversation two years from now.

That gives LeBron a few more days to make his decision, and he's reportedly mulling things over in the British West Indies at a stunning luxury beach house, aka "The Decision Cave".

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