Although LeBron James signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers that includes a clause that would allow him to become a free agent next summer, he has no plans to leave.
Speaking before an event for his charitable organization on Friday (August 8), the NBA superstar said he’s not planning to enter free agency again next year, reports ESPN.
“My No. 1 goal is to win a championship here; it’d be the greatest achievement in my life,” James said. “I don’t plan on going nowhere. I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
James’ short-term deal can be worth $42 million if he doesn’t opt out. However, he — and others — believe that changes to the salary cap could enable him to significantly increase his salary in 2016 … when the salary cap and max-contract level could jump dramatically. He acknowledged that also Friday.
“At the end of the day, I’m a business man as well,” he explained. “I know what is going on in the league.”
Since re-signing James, the Cavs has been attempting to improve their roster to help cement his long-term commitment. So far, they’ve signed Miami Heat forwards Mike Miller and James Jones… and also are expected to land All-Star Kevin Love in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as veteran Shawn Marion in a free-agent deal.
But, despite bolstering their roster, James realizes the team may not come together quickly. He knows from past experiences.
“Even with the veterans we’ve brought in, even if we’re able to acquire Kevin Love two weeks from now, it’s still going to be a process,” James said. “I know that firsthand. It was a process when I was in Cleveland. It was a process in Miami. It’s going to be a challenge.”