LeBron James, asked about his plans for free agency, said he’s happy in Cleveland.
After his going-home letter, he can’t leave again.
Or could he?
LeBron reportedly plans to pressure the Cavaliers with that implied threat.
The contract situations of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and to a certain degree Brendan Haywood are expected to be resolved before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ re-sign the world’s most dominant player.
James will take a wait-and-see approach while the Cavaliers tend to their housekeeping matters, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.
He’ll be the last domino to fall, if all goes as planned, league sources with knowledge of the situation presume.
I have yet to see Shumpert get that same treatment, and Love is his definitely on his own. But considering the Cavaliers can’t come close to replacing Love if he walks, they’ll pony up for him.
Again, LeBron almost certainly won’t leave Cleveland this summer. But no matter how low those odds are, the Cavaliers don’t want to risk tipping them the other direction.
So, LeBron will wait, and they’ll appease him.