LeBron James has reportedly opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will explore unrestricted free agency according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon who first reported the news when it broke on Friday. This means James will be declining an option to make $35.6 million for the 2018-19 season and will instead either renegotiate with the Cavs or look at other teams, many of which are willing to back up the Brinks truck and give him whatever deal he wants and is allowable under the NBA salary cap rules.
Breaking: LeBron James will not pick up the option on the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, a source told @WindhorstESPN, confirming multiple reports. pic.twitter.com/6jcnukcF2S
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 29, 2018
The buzz around the NBA is that James has his choices narrowed down to the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers are believed to be the frontrunners, especially if the team is successful in their bid to land Kawhi Leonard.
Let the madness that is James’ free agent decision begin. The NBA will wait on whatever decision it is that James makes and the dominos will fall immediately after.