LeBron James declines $35M player option, becomes free agent

by Steven Clarke June 30, 2018, 2:00
LeBron James declines $35M player option, becomes free agent

On Friday, WKYC Channel 3 Sports confirmed that LeBron James will not pick up the one-year player option remaining on his Cleveland Cavaliers contract. They may not be his top preference, but they can make the cap space to sign him outright, and their young core might be attractive to James.

LeBron James will not exercise the mammoth $35.6 million option on his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for next season, instead becoming a unrestricted free agent.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion and best player in the world has not been a free agent in four years.

In 2010, James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision on an ESPN special that irked many.

Other teams that could easily clear significant space for James include the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and a few more. But imagine how much hate he'll get if he teams up with LeBron James next season.

According to Joe Vardon, "Sources suggested to cleveland.com that his interest in joining the iconic Los Angeles Lakers is strong".

James declined his player option with the Cavaliers for the 18-19 season to become a free agent. Not only that, they are willing to play for the veteran's minimum for the chance to play with James and the possibility of winning a championship with him.

LA Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discusses the recent protests enveloping the National Football League, but said that the NBA rules are clear: Players must stand during the anthem, and if they don't, there could be consequences. A lot of people don't believe this; a lot of people think we had this already set up.

The big question all season has been whether the Akron native will leave Cleveland again and it's nearly time for him to provide us with an answer.

James can officially make a decision on a new team starting Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET.

James will factor family - he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising hoops star - into the choice of where he plays next. I'm ready to go stand in the corner like you needed Chris Bosh and Kevin Love to do over the last eight years to make this work'.

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