LeBron James glad Cavaliers' core are signed to multi-year deals

While LeBron James has plenty to be happy about these days, there's one thing that stands out from the rest.

Not only are the Cleveland Cavaliers the defending champions, but they will return their entire core from last season. Perhaps just as important is the fact that they'll return their core for not only this season, but upcoming seasons as well, as James points out, via Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

"We just a team that want to grow together, go through bumps and bruises together, go through success together, go through everything together," James said after Sunday's practice. "So it's great to know that we'll all be together for awhile. So, it's fun times for all of us."

Ironically, the earliest free agent of the Cavaliers' main core would be the four-time MVP. While his contract runs out in 2019, James could opt out in 2018 and become a free agent once again. As expected, the 31-year-old small forward refused to comment on what he plans to do a couple of years from now:

"You know I'm not one to speak on long term, speak on tomorrow," James said. "I live too much in the present. I'm excited about today holds for our team. We've got a great nucleus, we've got a great staff, we've got a great system, great thing in place. So, you know, I'm happy to be a part of it."

The Cavaliers will obviously worry about what James plans to do when the time is appropriate, but for the upcoming season, only one thing is on their minds—winning another title.

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