AP sources: LeBron declines option, becomes free agent
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 29, 2018 10:56 PM
FILE - CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 3: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white) LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on March 3, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Tom Withers, Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision say LeBron James has told the Cleveland Cavaliers he is declining his $35.6 million contract option for next season and is a free agent.
James’ representatives told the Cavs on Friday, said the people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
The move was expected by the three-time champion, who played in his eighth straight NBA Finals this past season.
The 33-year-old will now decide if he’s going to leave the Cavs for the second time in eight years. In 2010, he bolted for Miami and spent four seasons with the Heat, winning two titles, before returning home to Northeast Ohio.
James said he’ll factor family into his next choice and there’s still a chance he’ll re-sign with the Cavs, who were swept by Golden State in this year’s Finals.