Now that James’ Cleveland Cavaliers have been eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics, the biggest free-agent chase in basketball — and perhaps all of sports — history is about to begin.
It has been dubbed “the summer of LeBron.”
The 25-year-old NBA megastar will officially become a free agent on July 1. James, an Akron, Ohio, native, is expected to be aggressively pursued by the Knicks, Nets, Heat and Bulls among others — all of whom have cleared sufficient salary-cap space to land him — as well as the Cavs, for whom James has played in his seven professional seasons.
LeBron has given few clues about his preferred destination.
“It’s all about winning for me, and I think the Cavs are committed to doing that, but at the same time I’m giving myself options to this point,” James said regarding his impending free agency prior to Cleveland’s postseason elimination.