LeBron James nearing deadline on contract option with Cavs

LeBron James nearing deadline on contract option with Cavs

LeBron James nearing deadline on contract option with Cavs

Upon his return to Cleveland four years ago from Miami, James said it took time away to realize what he was missing.

Teams can negotiate with free agents starting at midnight Sunday.

Houston does not have cap space, so the best way for it to acquire James would be through a trade after he picked up his player option.

With reports, rumors, whispers, and buzz about James trying to team up with other superstars, no one is quite sure what's next for the NBA's best player.

How James will make his next decision public is not known. After the season, free agency wasn't even a thought.

The Cavaliers can offer the ability to continue playing in his home city and for a team that has made it to four straight NBA Finals since James returned, including winning the 2016 NBA title.

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Despite reaching two more finals since that incredible triumph, the Cavs have been no match for the Dubs, losing in back-to-back years.

Don't be startled. The reason the water in your cup just started shaking amid loud, intermittent thudding noises is because LeBron James is officially an unrestricted free agent. Once again, it leaves the Lakers looking pretty favorable to land at least two stars this summer.

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. The Lakers and 76ers are both pressing for the San Antonio Spurs to trade franchise player Kawhi Leonard as they jockey for position in James' eyes, according to The New York Times.

While LeBron weighs his options in the Decision Cave, Brian Windhorst noted today that the 33-year old All-Star is "pretty focused on Los Angeles or Cleveland" and has turned down offers to meet with some other National Basketball Association teams, according to Bleacher Report's Ryan Cole.

Without the previous context that brought them here - the tanking, the heartless but ultimately correct trades, the patience in stockpiling prospects, the preservation of salary cap space - none of this is possible.

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