As expected, LeBron James is a free agent and might be looking for a new squad.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star is weighing his options and plans to turn down his $35.6 million contract option for the next NBA season, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
No surprise here, especially after the Golden State Warriors swept the Cavs in the NBA Finals and LeBron struggled to connect with teammates and secure the championship.
Still, Lebron James is one of the most sought-after players in the league and the three-time champion has played in the Finals for eight straights years.
But how will Cleveland fans feel about their golden child leaving them once again? The King left the Cavs once before and played for the Miami heat for two seasons, earning two NBA titles before returning to Cleveland. When he left, some didn’t take it well and burned jerseys and launched verbal attacks against him.
There’s been heavy speculation Lebron has made up his mind about leaving, and Chris Sheridan at NJ.com says that can lay the blame squarely at the feat of owner Dan Gilbert.
But the fact of the matter is that Gilbert is seen as a Trump supporter, and considering James’ vocal opinions on the president, that isn’t sitting well with the NBA star.
As for the possible split, Sheridan quoted a source as telling him, “The entire NBA knows it. The only people who don’t are the media.”
That sound pretty definitive.
LeBron James has been vocal about his political opinions, especially after Fox news pundit Laura Ingraham told him to “shut up and dribble” in response to his anti-Trump comments recently.
In February, James appeared on the Rolling With The Champion series on Uninterruptedalong with Kevin Durant to talk with Cari Champion about the state of the country under Donald Trump, and he didn’t hold anything back, according to Cavs Nation.