Windhorst: Cavs operating under assumption LeBron James will leave

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Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts with teammates at the bench after leaving the game during the fourth quarter in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James’ free agency decisions tend to operate on the private and quiet side. But this year’s pivotal decision may be different. James has reportedly already made it known that he will not be meeting with teams to hear their pitches and recent reports have indicated that the star is deciding between the incumbent Cleveland Cavaliers and challenger Los Angeles Lakers.

As it stands, James’ decision is not clear. But the Cavaliers’ outlook on the situation seems grim. In fact, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Cavs are operating under the assumption that LeBron will be leaving this summer.

James’ deadline to opt in or out of his contract is Friday, June 29. Even if he does opt in, it may be in order to force a trade to his preferred destination.

This is a promising sign for the Lakers, who seem to be the main challenger to pry LeBron away from his hometown. Other reports have indicated that they are the favorites to sign the star forward.

Windhorst, on ESPN’s Lowe Post, also speculated that the King’s decision will come before the July 4th holiday. It seems likely based on all the current available information that if LeBron James’ decision is not made right now, it is incredibly close to being so.

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