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When it comes to the age-old cliche, “follow the money,” the Cleveland Cavaliers are sure to hope LeBron James does just that this summer.
If James does as expected and declines his $35.6 million player option for the 2918-19 season, he will enter unrestricted free agency for the third time in his career.
And while teams will be lining up at door (an around the corner) in an attempt to woo James, according to ESPN’s Buccigross, the Cavaliers will have the opportunity to offer him the most money.
The Cavs will be able to offer LeBron James a projected max contract of 5 years, $205M this summer; all other teams can offer 4 years, $152M. Cavs at Lakers 9pm tonight on @espn pic.twitter.com/C0X1h1nOMm
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) March 11, 2018
If the 33-year-old James, a 14-time All-Star and a three-time NBA champion signs a maximum deal to remain in Cleveland as he enters his 16th season in the league, he would become the highest-paid player in the game.
That honor is currently held by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who is playing on a 5-year, $201 million deal.
A report last week said James would consider four teams in the offseason — the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cavaliers.