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LeBron James declines player option with Cavaliers, set to become free agent

LeBron’s next decision will test Cavs fans once again

It was the decision everyone was waiting for as free agency approached, and now LeBron James has made his latest decision.

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James decided Friday against staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers and chose instead to become an unrestricted free agent, setting up a scramble among several teams expected to vie for his services. So, the Heat would be in a really tough spot to add much to its roster after acquiring James in this scenario - while also giving up valuable assets to get him.

LeBron James has decided not to pick up his option for next season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple reports, including Bleacher Report's Howard Beck.

Both teams have been reportedly pushing to get another superstar in order to further entice James.

Philly would have to renounce guys like J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson to clear space, and probably trade Jerryd Bayless (with an asset attached) to make enough room for LeBron.

Had James opted in, he could have orchestrated a trade to a team like the Houston Rockets, just as Chris Paul did when left the Los Angeles Clippers an offseason ago.

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Handy also states that a key role in his decision could depend on what Cleveland decides to do in terms of signing other free agents. The two are good friends and there's little doubt they would relish the opportunity to play together after competing against each other for years.

What will LeBron James say to Cleveland if he leaves the Cavaliers again?

The chance to join one of the league's most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year's Finals that he remains in "championship mode".

Even after 15 years in the league, James is coming off one of the top seasons of his career, ending with his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. It will likely continue up until the time that James makes his decision.

The bottomline: James' options are basically down to teams with cap space.

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