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Since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, LeBron James has had a no-trade clause in all of his contracts.
No matter how this season ends, James is expected to become a free agent in the summer and there are some around the league who believe his no-trade clause will be a sticking point with owner Dan Gilbert.
According to a report from Bleacher Report, Gilbert might not offer James a no-trade clause this offseason.
Gilbert reportedly wants to be in charge of everything, as does LeBron.
“Across the league, it’s virtually an article of faith that if James leaves the Cavs again, it will be primarily because of the fractured relationship with Gilbert. LeBron wants to be in charge of everything, which is what puts him at odds with Dan, one source said. Dan wants to be in charge of everything, the source added.
“The belief is that Gilbert, having reasserted control after chasing out David Griffin, will rebuff James’ request for a no-trade clause, or any other measures that give him leverage. And that will be enough to drive James away. ‘Dan Gilbert’s not going to do what it takes to keep him,’ the same source predicted. ‘Not a chance in hell he’s going to give him a no-trade clause, or let him dictate contract terms.'”
No one knows what LeBron is going to do this summer. The King has been on record saying he’s focused on leading the Cavs back to the Finals this year and will handle all his free agency stuff when the time comes.
Until then, there will be just more speculation from various people as to what James will do.