LeBron James has decided to opt out of the final year of his $35.6 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, thus becoming a free agent. ESPN reports that James pondered his options with friends and associates in a "decision cave" in the Caribbean before flying to Los Angeles, where he owns two homes. James could remain with the Cavs on a more lucrative contract, although most pundits predict he'll sign with the L.A. Lakers, who could potentially maneuver their way into super-team status if they're able to acquire Kawhi Leonard and/or Paul George. The 76ers and Rockets are also thought to be in the running for James' services, although Houston would have to engineer an extremely creative sign-and-trade scenario to free up enough payroll to sign the NBA's best player.
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