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LeBron James | Forward | #23

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 250
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (1) / CLE
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LeBron James has informed the Cavaliers that he will re-sign with Cleveland this summer.
Coming off an emotional championship victory, James was never expected to entertain offers from other teams. He's in no rush to sign a deal and still needs to meet with his agent to survey his contract options -- in all likelihood he'll sign a deal that includes a player option next summer, to maximize his long-term salary. In the meantime, the Cavs are still working to retain unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith. Jul 18 - 2:27 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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LeBron James has yet to notify the Cleveland Cavaliers when he intends to re-sign.

Team officials have reached out to James for an answer, but they haven't received a response yet. However, some officials within the organization don't view this as a concern, especially since James said during their championship parade that he will be back in Cleveland next season. Additionally, James' agent has been telling opposing teams that his client will remain with the Cavs. Expect James to re-sign soon.
Jul 9 - 11:37 AM

LeBron James' agent has been telling interested teams that James will remain a Cavalier, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Teams have been calling James as he's still technically a free agent, but his agent Rich Paul has been telling teams LeBron will stay with the Cavs. While James isn't a top-3 fantasy asset anymore, he's still worth a pick in the latter half of the first round on draft day.
Jul 5 - 12:22 PM

LeBron James will likely sign another two-year deal with an opt out on Year-2 this offseason.

James declined to pickup his player option for the 2016-17 season, but he did so for financial reasons, and there is absolutely no indication that he has thought about leaving Cleveland. If James does indeed sign another short-term contract with the Cavs, it'll set him up to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer.
Jun 29 - 1:33 PM

LeBron James will decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

It's an easy decision for James considering the salary cap will jump up to $94 million next season. James recently said that he isn't planning on leaving Cleveland, but signing another two-year deal with an opt-out clause in 2017 would make the most sense since the cap will expand again.
Jun 28 - 11:39 PM

LeBron James has informed Team USA that he will not participate during the 2016 Olympic Games.

After what James just accomplished, it's far from surprising to see him sit out the 2016 Olympic Games. He'll use the offseason to rest his body up as the Cavs attempt to repeat. James ranked No. 9 overall in 9-cat leagues after the 2015-16 season, so he'll be more of a late-first round target on draft day.
Jun 23 - 5:12 PM

LeBron James told reporters that he is leaning towards not playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

James just finished a taxing 2015-16 season, so his inclination to pass on the Olympics comes as no surprise. The 31-year-old is all but a lock to return to the Cavaliers to defend their championship in 2016-17 and will assume his normal spot as a first-round option fantasy drafts.
Jun 23 - 12:07 PM

LeBron James said that he has "no plans" to leave the Cavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told cleveland.com, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs' championship parade through downtown Cleveland. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy. I've got no plans to go nowhere at this point." James will likely opt out of his deal, and it'll be interesting to see if he signs another one-year with an opt out, or if he decides to just sign a long-term max-contract. Either way, he's not going anywhere.
Jun 22 - 12:22 PM

According to The Vertical, LeBron James is leaning toward not competing at the Olympics.

He hasn't informed Team USA of his decision yet, but team officials are planning to be without him. It makes sense for James to get some rest after a grueling NBA Finals, and he will likely join a long list of superstars who won't play in the Olympics such as Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden.
Jun 20 - 12:37 PM

The Cavaliers won their first ever NBA championship during an instant-classic Game 7 on Sunday, led by LeBron James' 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and two steals in 47 minutes.

LeBron's legacy is constantly in the spotlight but hopefully that narrative will be put to rest after a phenomenal 2016-17 campaign. LBJ helped his team rally from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in NBA Finals history, pushing his career Finals record to 3-4 in the process. He unanimously won the Finals MVP, and the city of Cleveland will be buzzing for weeks after earning their first major sports championship since 1964. LeBron has a player option this summer and while he might sign a longer-term contract, it's safe to say that he's not going anywhere.
Jun 19 - 10:42 PM

LeBron James was spectacular during a 115-101 Game 6 win over the Warriors on Thursday, scoring 41 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, three blocks, three 3-pointers and one turnover in 43 minutes.

It was one of the best games in a Finals ever. James did it all on both ends with magnificent passing and tough shots all night. He scored 500 points in a postseason for the sixth time, he is now seventh all time for total points in The Finals, and he became only the fifth player all time to score 40-plus points in back-to-back Finals games. Regardless of the outcome in Game 7, LeBron is the frontrunner for Finals MVP.
Jun 16 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet during a 112-97 Game 5 victory in Oakland on Monday, scoring 41 points with 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, three blocks, two turnovers and four 3-pointers.

He's the first player with at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a Finals game since Shaquille O'Neal in 2001. James and Kyrie Irving carried the Cavs in this huge road win, scoring or assisting on 86.6 percent of their points. James didn't have any assists in the first half with the Warriors really having a tough time containing him. His jumper was also on in this game with 20 points beyond the paint. Game 6 is back in Cleveland on Thursday.
Jun 14 - 12:31 AM

LeBron James said he's "not quite sure" what he can do to get to the free throw line more often.

"I’m getting hit, but the refs are not seeing it that way on my drives," James said after Game 4. "I’ve got to continue to be aggressive. That’s who I am for our team. That’s what opens up the floor for a lot of our shooters." Amazingly, James only drew two fouls in his 46 minutes while ending 30 possessions in Game 4. The Warriors collapsing defense has done a great job on him, but he needs some help.
Jun 11 - 3:40 PM

LeBron James played a game-high 46 minutes during a 108-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Friday, scoring 25 points with 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, three blocks, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer.

He played the entire second half, scoring 18 points with eight boards after halftime. Coach Ty Lue has been asking a lot out of LeBron, but he looked tired and wasn't looking for his shot as much. In other news, James did a step-over on Draymond Green and the two got into it after that (video in link below). James won't be punished for this by the NBA, though. This loss wasn't on LeBron with the former MVP scoring more than half of the Cavs' fourth-quarter points. Game 5 is in Oakland on Monday.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 11 - 12:13 AM

LeBron James started at power forward during the Cavs' blowout Game 3 victory, piling up 32 points (14-of-26 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with 11 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one steal and five turnovers in 40 minutes.

"We've tried a lot of different lineups that haven't worked," Lue said before the game. "We've been big, we've been small. But putting LeBron at [power forward] and trying to match their speed, I think will help us out a lot." Lue's scheme worked to perfection and the Cavs found a lot of success using LeBron as a screener, forcing a mismatch once the Warriors switched defensively, a wrinkle that will loom large when the series continues in Cleveland on Friday. LBJ described Game 3 as "must win" for the Cavs, and their lopsided victory (without Kevin Love) puts a whole new spin on the series.
Jun 8 - 11:50 PM