According to a report from long-time NBA reporter Chris Sheridan, LeBron James plans to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after the upcoming season.
Sheridan is credited with breaking the news that James was leaving the Miami Heat for the Cavaliers in 2014. While it’s unclear how accurate this is or how close the “NBA source” is to the situation, this report is worth noting given his history of breaking news related to James’ free agency.
“Cleveland isn’t giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer, but it is no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay. For James, a reluctance to commit comes with an emerging set of complications. Beyond [Kyrie] Irving’s decision to ask for a trade, Cleveland has determined that it’s unwilling to simply be reactive to James’ possible departure.”
Two months ago, Wojnarowski said he believes the minute James won a championship for Cleveland, he was liberated for leaving the first time to Miami.
Shortly after Sheridan sent his tweet, Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reported that “three sources close to LeBron” have shot down the initial report.
Either way, James can obviously change his mind based on the course of events during the regular season or at any moment leading up to the 2018 NBA offseason when he can become a free agent.