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

LeBron James right might be hoping to have Kawhi Leonard on his side this season

James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014.

National Basketball Association all-star LeBron "King" James will reportedly become a free agent the second time in his 15-year career, Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon wrote on Twitter Friday. If he had opted in, it would have likely meant the Cavs had worked out a trade for James. Had LeBron exercised his player option, Houston could have engaged in a rather straightforward swap of salaries plus assets with the Cavs, assuming James expressed to Cleveland that the Rockets were his preferred destination. Even that was a remote possibility. He has opted out and resigned with Cleveland before, and the Cavaliers can pay him more than any other team. But one star player apparently got an early start.

The Sixers would have to clear about $8 million in cap space to have room for James, and would need to make at least one trade to do it.

The Lakers, of course, are widely expected to sign to max free agents this offseason.

Fans in OH will now hold its breath as they prepare to experience their hometown star go through the free agency period again. But now that James, 33, has opted to become a free agent it makes it almost impossible for a team without cap space to acquire him.




And while the Cavs remain hopeful he'll stay, there are other teams in the mix for the 33-year-old - and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be at the top of the list.

LeBron James could sign with the Lakers. Warriors fan David Ahn said, "He's won here, he's happy here and I don't think he's going to blow it up to go play where he might be second fiddle again". Last season, the Cavaliers had to deal with Kyrie Irving forcing a trade, not unlike what Kawhi Leonard is doing with the San Antonio Spurs right now.

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The bottomline: James' options are basically down to teams with cap space. "I didn't realize that four years ago".

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