After fulfilling his promise of bringing a title to Cleveland, LeBron James can now do no wrong in the eyes of Cavaliers fans. No longer bound to any self-imposed objective, at least not yet, King James can now do everything he wants or play for any team that catches his fancy, generating Lakers rumors as of late.
LeBron’s contract with the Cavaliers has an early termination option for the 2016-17 NBA season. If he decides to exercise the option before June 30, he will officially become an unrestricted free agent in July, which means he will be free to sign with any team.
Rumors about LeBron wanting to play for the Lakers emerged late last year when he and his family purchased a lovely 9,350-square-foot home in Brentwood. At that time, no one took those rumors seriously as King James had yet to deliver on his promise.
Now that LeBron has brought a title to Cleveland, recent Lakers rumors suggested there’s a strong chance he’ll sign with the Lakers this offseason or next summer. Aside from already having a place to stay, the 31-year-old recently enrolled his kids to new schools near Brentwood, as per Hollywood Life.
The school change could ultimately mean nothing in the larger scheme of things, but it’s worth mentioning that LeBron did a similar move in 2014. Rant Sports reported that LeBron enrolled his kids to Ohio schools just weeks before announcing he was ditching Miami for Cleveland.
However, James played down speculations about his future. He reiterated that he is planning to stay in Cleveland and defend the NBA title in the 2016-17 NBA season.
“I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates,” LeBron told Cleveland.com during the Cavaliers’ championship parade. “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.”
LeBron was the same guy who told Miami reporters before the he was not leaving. Recent Lakers rumors suggested that James will stay for another year but could eventually move to Los Angeles in the future to play in a bigger market.