LeBron: Family to play ‘huge’ role in 2018-19 destination

The Cavaliers are looking for veteran help -- with or without LeBron James, apparently.

It’s the question of the summer, and LeBron James is not ready to answer if he has played his last game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I have no idea at this point,” James said following the Cavs’ 108-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals on Friday.

The Warriors defeated the Cavs a second straight season for their second consecutive title.

“The one thing I’ve always done is consider my family,” James said. “Especially with my boys are in terms of their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I got a teenage boy, a preteen, a little girl that wasn’t around (last time) as well.

“So sitting down and considering everything … my family is a huge part of whatever I decide to do in my career. They will continue to be. I don’t have an answer for you right now as far as that.”

James is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to sign with any team.

As has been the case during his previous two free-agent summers (2010 and 2014), he is not expected to make his next destination known until sometime around mid-July.

He has made eight consecutive trips to the Finals — four with the Miami Heat and four more with the Cavs. He has made nine appearances overall, sporting a record of 3-6, including 1-4 with the Cavs.

James averaged 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists during the 2018 postseason.

4 Comments on "LeBron: Family to play ‘huge’ role in 2018-19 destination"

  1. Why stay? Aren’t they stuck with TT, JR and George Hill next year? Maybe stuck with Love? These guys are not starting caliber except maybe Love, who is utterly futile against the Dubs. I hope LeBron leaves just because the whole thing feels stale and frustrated. The Finals were mostly unwatchable. LeBron did what he had to do: won a chip in the Land. Now he should branch out with fresh talent and scenery, a coach who is not a moron.

  2. Exactly Todd! Plus I think he needs to get 3 more chips so he can at least equal MJ in regards to titles won. I don’t see the Land as the best chance for that right now.

  3. William risman | June 9, 2018 at 1:54 pm |

    The cavaliers, have approximately $104 million in payroll guaranteed next season. Therefore they are unable to offer free agent contracts beyond the minimum veterans contract or mid level exception to entice lebron james to return to the cavaliers. They have dead weight contracts in smith, korver, thompson, hill. Clarkson and nance are 25 years old and just journeyman role players. If they could acquire kemba walker and dwight howard, both available, $36 million of contracts which expire in 2019 that would vastly improve the team.

  4. Williamnaismith | June 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm |

    Dead weight contracts in smith, thompson, korver, hill along with 25 year old journeymen nance and clarkson and $104 in guaranteed payroll will not allow any impact free agents to get signed to contracts. A trade is required such as $36 million total from kembra walker and dwight howard guaranteed until 2019 is a trade that would improve the cavaliers and is viable.

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