LeBron James declines player option with Cavaliers, set to become free agent

Rival GM: LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers

On Friday, Rich Paul, James' agent informed the Cavaliers that his client would be declining his $35.6-million player option with the Cavaliers for next season, meaning he would become an unrestricted free agent.

Cleveland wants to develop its young talent - including rookie point guard Collin Sexton - but wouldn't pass up the right opportunity to add an established veteran with James to improve their chances of reaching another Finals, sources indicated.

As NBA free agency kicks off, rumors continue to swirl that LeBron James is targeting the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles has increased its win total by exactly nine games in each of the last two years. They might jump the 76ers (+860) if James announces he's staying in Cleveland. The Cavs' $3.4 million qualifying offer to make Rodney Hood a restricted free agent, as first reported by Cleveland.com, would be the 11th player. They are effectively out of the LeBron James Sweepstakes, though they are expected to keep free-agent-to-be Chris Paul. His reason for being there is unknown: The Lakers are considered a strong candidate to sign James, but he also has an offseason home in L.A.

This past week, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook pulled title futures off the board in order to wait out James' free agency decision (and possibly a Kawhi Leonard trade).

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Also after hearing LeBron would like to play with Paul George next season, the Lakers made a pass at the small forward while still under contract and got a slap on the wrist from the National Basketball Association front office. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, James is one of the most sought-after free agents in the league's history.

ESPN reported earlier this month that the team had interest in keeping Love, regardless of what happens with James. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well.

But the Spurs are reportedly willing to play hardball over allowing Leonard, who has a year remaining on his current deal, to be traded, demanding an eye-watering package of assets in return for his services.

"Had LeBron opted in, that would have been a bad sign for Cleveland", wrote McMenamin. It is a decision that the 33-year-old didn't have to make until Friday's midnight deadline.

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