ESPN – James has until Friday to pick up his $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While James hasn’t decided yet whether to pick up his player option, sources close to the situation tell ESPN that he has no intention of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from teams. James might meet or speak with a club official or owner at some point, but the elaborate presentations that have become common in NBA free agency over the years are unnecessary after 15 seasons in the league.
Should James become a free agent, league sources believe he and his agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini have enough understanding of the stakes and NBA landscape to handle the process without much fanfare. James went through a much more elaborate courtship when he was a free agent in 2010. The Knicks, Heat, Bulls, Nets, Cavs and Clippers flew delegations in to make presentations to him, and he announced he was joining the Heat in a televised special.
Look, I get it. Who would want to make a big circus around THE biggest DECISION of their lives? Like the last thing you would want as a guy trying to decide his future is have THE ultimate and difficult DECISION you make be aired on live TV?
That sounds incredibly stressful, egomaniacal and even disrespectful to your current team. Making THE biggest DECISION in your life is something you should sit down with your family and not someone like Jim Gray to choose where you want to continue your career.
Good for you, LeBron.