Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

LeBron James declines option, becomes free agent, AP sources say

LeBron James declines option, becomes free agent, AP sources say

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

The most feasible path for James to go to Houston was by picking up his action and demanding a trade to the Rockets. Even that was a remote possibility. Basically, until James signs somewhere else or Cleveland renounces his rights, the Cavs can offer LeBron a full five-year max deal utilizing his Bird Rights.

Free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, and the balance of power in the National Basketball Association could shift if James chooses to leave Cleveland and create a new superteam with the Los Angeles Lakers or join a burgeoning power such as the Houston Rockets or Philadelphia 76ers.

Fast forward a year, and it looks like another superstar player isn't interested in playing with James either.

Handy admits that he has no direct, insider knowledge of the situation or of LeBron's thought process, but he does offer some insight into what James might be thinking.

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That trade didn't exactly work out, due in part to Thomas' prolonged recovery from injury, and he wound up being sent to Los Angeles, to the same team that is favored by many to land James. Even for a cap wizard like Daryl Morey, unrestricted free agency makes signing James almost impossible.

"I have no idea at this point", James said after the NBA Finals when asked if he's played his last game for the Cavaliers after getting swept by the Golden Warriors.

LeBron James will officially become a free agent on July 1.

Despite reaching two more finals since that incredible triumph, the Cavs have been no match for the Dubs, losing in back-to-back years. Sources suggest that James' interest in joining the Lakers is strong.

The hilarious shirt says, "I don't know where he's going..." Between a potential Paul George signing or Kawhi Leonard trade, the Lakers could quickly pile up stars in sunny California. But with James declining that option, Houston doesn't have a logical route to create a sizeable amount of cap space.

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