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Though, as usual, his contract situation comes with much fanfare across the NBA, when it comes to making his next choice, LeBron James doesn’t want any part of it.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports James has no intention of listening to elaborate pitch meetings from teams interested in his services.
James has until 11:59 p.m. on Friday to inform the Cleveland Cavaliers whether or not he will exercise a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. If James declines the option, he will become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career.
If he declines the option, James may talk with a club official or owner at some point, but has no interest in elaborate presentations that have become commonplace in regards to NBA free agency after 15 seasons, according to the report.
Shelburne writes if James opts out and becomes a free agent, agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini are experienced enough to deal with the process without much fanfare.
In 2010, James listened to the type of elaborate presentations he now wants no part of from the Knicks, the Heat, the Bulls, the Nets, the Clippers and the Cavaliers in meetings in downtown Cleveland.
He then announced his choice in “The Decision” televised special on ESPN.
Four years later, that changed completely. James himself met with only the Heat and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Paul and Termini conducted meetings with the Lakers, the Suns, the Rockets and the Mavericks at the Klutch Sports office in Cleveland.
James then announced his decision to return to Cleveland in a letter co-written by Lee Jenkins in Sports Illustrated.