James opts out, to enter free agency

Basketball: Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams

After "ending the friendship" with James over repeated questions about free agency, Jefferson took the next step and put his response on a t-shirt, which he wore to the beach, and later, posted a picture of on Instagram.

Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history.

Despite being 33 years old and in his 15th National Basketball Association season, James played in all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals over 36.9 minutes per contest.

When James went to the Heat, he played alongside all-stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The 76ers met with James' representatives Sunday, obviously to no avail. But does he have enough time to let a group of unproven players with no postseason experience develop into a title contender?

In 2014, he returned to the Cavaliers after an in-person meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.

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That mission was accomplished when the Cavaliers won the 2016 crown with James in the starring role. ESPN reported on Thursday that he texted Kevin Durant, but Durant is expected to remain with Golden State. The result was a hodgepodge season that James assessed as one of the most challenging of his career.

While it could seem like the Cavs are in for a relatively quiet free-agency period outside of the James pursuit, the summer was preceded by a bevy of activity arranged by general manager Koby Altman, from trading for Hood, Larry Nance Jr.

James, who is rumored to have listened to offers from the Lakers, Sixers, Rockets and Cavs, may be closer to making up his mind than we think.

With James hitting a proverbial glass ceiling on his current team, combined with his contract status which allows him the option to leave Cleveland this summer, wide spread speculation has surrounded his future plans. And the frenzy in LA is already getting out of hand. Plus, the Cavaliers had shopped him in trades following the 2017 Finals and then abruptly turned over their management team. On Thursday, George told the Oklahoma City Thunder he's declining his $20.7 million option for next season. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay. In both cases, those decisions will likely pay off with stable championship-contending teams on the court. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists in 17.4 minutes.

A league source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN that the franchise has found it hard to plan for its full team around James with the way he has approached his free agency, which could prompt hesitancy by free agents or trade partners to complete deals with Cleveland in the interim.

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