LeBron James reportedly plans to decline his $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season.
Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon first relayed word of James’ decision, which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers would be the only teams on his radar.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN noted the move helps the Lakers, but hurts the Rockets chances of landing James, and doesn’t disqualify the Cavaliers from the conversation.
The New York Times‘ Marc Stein added San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich “is bound to try to force his way into the conversation to sell James on the merits of South Texas.” via Bleacherreport