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Report: LeBron James opting out of contract


Report: LeBron James opting out of contract

The contract maneuver was expected in a grass-is-green sort of way. Regardless, LeBron James will reportedly opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Unlike previous free agency iterations involving the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, this one isn't expected to take long and certainly isn't expected to include a team change, in theory.

James, an Ohio native, returned to Cleveland last year amid great fanfare after dumping the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat four years prior on national television. He signed a two-year deal for $42 million in July 2014 with a desired player option for the second season. From Cleveland.com:

James will take a wait-and-see approach while the Cavaliers tend to their housekeeping matters, league sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group. The four-time MVP has a player option deadline of Monday, and he will decline to pick up that deal for next season. The belief is James wants to observe how management goes about retaining and accumulating assets keep the organization in win-now mode and improve the roster.

The Cavs reached the NBA Finals in James' first year back. Now Cleveland has several contractual situations to resolve, including Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.

Don't expect James to leave. Also, expect his next contract to include an opt-out for next year so James can ultimately take advantage of the projected salary cap rise in 2016. Cleveland.com writes, "The chance of James bolting the city of Cleveland for a second time is slim, but his approach will allow him to assess the Cavaliers' moves before re-signing. It also applies pressure on the organization to do whatever is necessary to strengthen the team."

In other words, James will be back, but if he doesn't like what the Cavs are doing, he might change his decision.


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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools


Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here. 


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What the Ramon Sessions signing means for Tomas Satoransky

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What the Ramon Sessions signing means for Tomas Satoransky

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller offered their reaction to the Ramon Sessions signing and how it could affect Tomas Satoransky. Plus, how the Wizards match up with the new-look Cavs and how Kelly Oubre, Jr. broke out of his slump.

Chase also explained his epic fail with an Oubre interview and they revisited an Instagram post from months ago that foreshadowed much that has gone down this season.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!