As completely expected, LeBron James opts out
No surprise that the King enters free agency, but there's also zero reason to think he's leaving Cleveland.
OK, let's do a little recent history lesson to catch you up on why this isn't a big deal.
From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com on June 16th:
James himself has a player option for next season, and an interesting decision to make. But that decision will be strictly a financial one. No one has the slightest expectation that James would leave his native Northeast Ohio a second time, but he has the choice of opting out and signing another short-term deal or opting in and reeling in a historically massive max contract in 2016, when the NBA's $24 billion TV deal hits the league's free-agent system.
June 18th: LeBron James 'likely' to opt-out
June 18th later that same day: Cavs GM expects LeBron James to opt-out
June 24th: LeBron James to opt-out, become free agent
June 26th from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: James is expected to opt-out.
So look, there's no surprise here. It's not a big deal. He's looking to re-up and maximize his financial advantage. There are already reports he won't even meet with other teams. He's not going anywhere. This was strictly a bookkeeping move. James will not advise the Cavs on free agents. He'll wait to see what they can get done in free agency to give them the most financial flexibility before they re-sign him, then he'll re-up on whatever long-term or short-term deal he wants.
Don't get excited, LeBron's not going anywhere.
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