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LeBron posts IG story cliff jumping with his son while everyone wonders if he'll opt out or not

Leave it to LeBron James to wait until deadline day to make a decision, but the league's best player has finally made his intentions known. Free agents can't sign contracts until July 6. Even that was a remote possibility.

James can of course still return to the Cavs, and for more money than any other team can pay him.

The Lakers have the cap space to sign James immediately, and they could easily clear out enough room for Kawhi Leonard in a trade and/or Paul George in free agency.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James drives against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of a first-round playoff series.

The buzz for LeBron James possibly coming to Houston as been a thing for practically a year now.

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JJ Redick's insane one-year deal aside, this a franchise whose last marquee free-agent signing was Elton Brand coming off a torn Achilles tendon. Sources suggest that James' interest in joining the Lakers is strong. And in remarks to the media earlier this week, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson attempted to publicly show he wasn't feeling any pressure to give up too much to land Leonard - and by extension James.

No one really knows what he is thinking, but his family life and the players he will be playing alongside are likely the two biggest factors in his free agency conundrum.

LeBron James will decline his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent, his agent reportedly told the franchise Friday. However, it remains to be seen if that matters to him at this point after losing to the Warriors in the Finals the last two seasons. His Cavaliers downed the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, catapulting James to his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance.

James also said he always felt like he would come back to Cleveland to finish his career where it began. "Why would I think about doing something like that?'" But with James declining that option, Houston doesn't have a logical route to create a sizeable amount of cap space.

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