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Philadelphia 76ers: 3 reactions to LeBron James declining 2018-19 contract option

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 reactions to LeBron James declining 2018-19 contract option Philadelphia 76ers: 3 reactions to LeBron James declining 2018-19 contract option
Shannon Reynolds | 03 July, 2018, 13:33

On Friday, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers did the expected and declined his option to make over $35 million next season as a Cavalier, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Every move he makes, every quote he gives, every single thing he does from now until he announces his decision will be overblown to frankly ridiculous proportions.

"Sources told cleveland.com this week that the Cavs would not trade Love, a five-time All-Star who is owed about $50 million over the next two seasons, if James leaves as a free agent". And the frenzy in LA is already getting out of hand. To me, [Paul] George is a decent player, but he doesn't shake up the futures market.

Why shouldn't James do what's best for James?

Isn't winning what elite athletes are supposed to crave?

While Smith didn't say which team in Los Angeles James would be heading to, it can safely be assumed he means to join the Lakers.

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Miami is the place where James left Cleveland for once before, and it's clear that he still enjoys South Florida.

James' decision to opt out of his contract seems to take the Houston Rockets off the table, as they would have major hurdles in signing him as a free agent while keeping their core together. Waiting for him there was a young center named Lew Alcindor (later to become Abdul-Jabbar, and the all-time leading scorer in National Basketball Association history - after he went to the Lakers).

"That's the sense you get with him and his people", an anonymous GM told Sporting News. But Boston is apparently somewhat apprehensive to go all-in on Leonard - partially based on the long-term health of the seven-year veteran Leonard, who played just nine games last season due to a quad injury.

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It only gets more wild from there though as a fan posted video appeared to show James' auto, closely tailed by a black van carrying his luggage.

The universally acknowledged turning point of the league was the arrival of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird for the 1979-80 season. The Cavaliers are the only team that can offer James such a deal, and should he decide to leave, he would be leaving $53 million on the table.

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