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Report: LeBron James waiting for Cavaliers to make other roster moves before re-signing

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James, asked about his plans for free agency, said he’s happy in Cleveland.

After his going-home letter, he can’t leave again.

Or could he?

LeBron reportedly plans to pressure the Cavaliers with that implied threat.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

The contract situations of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and to a certain degree Brendan Haywood are expected to be resolved before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ re-sign the world’s most dominant player.

James will take a wait-and-see approach while the Cavaliers tend to their housekeeping matters, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.


He’ll be the last domino to fall, if all goes as planned, league sources with knowledge of the situation presume.

This is why I expect Thompson to get a massive contract and Smith to get paid handsomely. LeBron has spoken extremely highly of both.

I have yet to see Shumpert get that same treatment, and Love is his definitely on his own. But considering the Cavaliers can’t come close to replacing Love if he walks, they’ll pony up for him.

Again, LeBron almost certainly won’t leave Cleveland this summer. But no matter how low those odds are, the Cavaliers don’t want to risk tipping them the other direction.

So, LeBron will wait, and they’ll appease him.