Source: LeBron James’ free agency decision will be ‘made to please himself’
LeBron James is expected to exercise his player option after the season and become a free agent. Speculation has been rampant for well over a year now what James will do and with which team he will sign.
A recent report from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor indicates James has whittled his list down to four teams: The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.
In a column about the Lakers from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that focuses upon whether the team is a viable destination for James, a few interesting tidbits emerged which detail exactly where James may be in the process of figuring out his future.
First and foremost, the Lakers, league sources say, are “still a long shot” to lure James to L.A., regardless of how many billboards are put up in town. Perhaps even more important, however, is how it makes little sense to speculate on James’ ultimate destination.
“If someone is pretending they know what LeBron is thinking, they’re guessing,” one source close to the situation said. “How could anyone know when he doesn’t even know?”
James has made it abundantly clear there is no inclination on his part to discuss anything beyond getting the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals. James went so far as to instruct the media members who cover him to not even bother asking him questions about it.
That said, James’ anticipated impending free agency of course generates an incredible amount of interest, as it should. But each and every time a report surfaces about something James may or may not have done to tip his hand concerning his future, James fires back with denials, often vehement ones.
Perhaps the following quote from Shelburne’s piece sums up exactly where the situation stands, and will continue to stand until later this summer.
“His decision won’t be made to please others,” one source close to the situation says of James. “It’ll be made to please himself.”