It has finally been sent directly to Cleveland.
LeBron James has informed the Cleveland Cavaliers he will re-sign with the reigning NBA champions this summer but still has no timetable for negotiating or signing a deal, sources told ESPN.
Why wait? LeBron faces a decision: Make more this season on a two-year contract (not counting option years) that locks him into a 2017-18 salary or make less this season on a one-year deal and leave the door open for a bigger 2017-18 salary.
A lower-than-expected 2017-18 salary cap could push LeBron toward a two-year deal. Then again, the Collective Bargaining Agreement could be revised into a completely new system by then.
LeBron, a players union vice president, could have more information on the 2017 landscape later in the summer. He certainly won’t have less. So, he should take his time — just in case developments in CBA negotiations affect his decision.
Then, he can dictate his terms, because that’s how this will end: Rich Paul drawing up LeBron’s contract and the Cavs happily signing it no matter what it says.