LeBron James is back in Cleveland this summer and he’s looking to finish out his career with the team he grew up loving and started his career out playing with. But while the talk of the sports world is that the King has gone home, the player option after the first year of his deal is something that fans are looking at with a lot of caution.
According to Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer, LeBron James is hoping that the already much discussed player option he has in 2016 is something that can get worked out behind the scenes without much fanfare from the media — because LeBron James apparently has no clue who he is.
James loves business and deals. He wants to have the most leverage and edge possible. He believes this type of deal delivers that. James believes that the summer option does not have to cause angst, that it can be worked out quietly after the season. At least, that’s his goal.
There’s a chance that a deal can get worked out quietly with Cleveland but that’s exactly what we all thought would happen with Miami this summer and all of a sudden LeBron-a-palooza was sprung upon the world out of absolutely nowhere. It was a slow burn this time for LeBron though as the madness was bubbling under the surface for a while, it was just being ignored until it erupted and landed LeBron back in Cleveland.
Logic and basic human kindness suggests that LeBron cannot burn the city of Cleveland twice, but until he’s locked down for more years, that player option is going to be anything but quiet.
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