LeBron James to Opt Out of Cavaliers’ Contract. What’s Next for him?


Twelve months ago LeBron James wrote a love letter to Northeast Ohio published in Sports Illustrated where he announced his return to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers after four seasons with the Miami Heat. “I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now,” James told SI’s Lee Jenkins.

He followed up the announcement by committing to the Cavs for one season with a player option for a second year. He could have signed a four-year deal worth $88 million, but the shorter pact was viewed as a way for James to maximize his financial haul. The leading LeBron-ophile, ESPN ’s Brian Windhorst, and other media outlets reported Sunday that James will opt out of his contract on July 1 and become a free agent. The move was widely expected.

It will be his third time in six years as an unrestricted free agent with the first two resulting in “The Decision” in 2010 and the return to Cleveland last summer. Here are the options for James.

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SOURCE: Kurt Badenhausen

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