LeBron James has decided to opt out of his contract next seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him a free agent. His agent informed the Cavaliers of the decision on Friday according to cleveland.com.
James was set to make $35.6 million next season if he opted in, but decided to test the free agent market instead.
This move doesn’t mean that James won’t entertain the idea of returning to Cleveland. He could very well decide to return to the Cavaliers on a new contract.
He is reportedly talking to other players around the league about teaming up in a city yet to be determined.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, James has talked to Kevin Durant about playing together for the L.A. Lakers.
Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported that Kawhi Leonard has reached out to James about a possible pairing, noting that his defensive capabilities would take pressure off of James.
The other ongoing rumor that has been speculated on by everyone is that Paul George and James will join forces and suit up for the Lakers. This possibility took one small step towards fruition when George opted out of his contract as well.
It’s still early in the process the possibilities are endless for James and the rest of the NBA.