LeBron James is focused on his future with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a summer full of drama.
LeBron James has had quite an interesting offseason. He has gone through this before, but this time feels a little bit different. He isn’t changing teams at this second; however, there is still a lot going on. For the first moment in LeBron’s career, someone publicly demanded a trade away from him, and that was an enormous spectacle in an otherwise pretty quiet month of basketball.
Kyrie Irving shocked many people when his request became public. It will definitely be a circus when the Boston Celtics face the Cavaliers to open the season, and you can bet that there will be a lot made out of the outcome.
James averaged 26.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game last season, and he has reached seven consecutive NBA Finals. He spoke on media day about his intention of staying with the Cavaliers until the end of his career.
“It hasn’t changed,” James said to Cleveland.com about his wish to remain in town. “And that’s why I sit up here today, still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship, put us in a position where we can be successful. Anytime I’m able to be free agent or my contract ends, I’ll approach that when the summer comes. At the end of the day I have a contract and I will fill out that obligation, which I’ve always done.”
James has said many times in the past that he wanted to finish out his career in Ohio, but the rumors surrounding his departure to the Los Angeles Lakers grew over the summer. This won’t be the last press conference that LeBron gets asked about his future. He might dodge the questions more in the coming months, but the fans and media will continue to speculate about what his plans are once this season ends.
Not everyone will believe James’ assertion that he will stay in Cleveland until a long-term extension gets signed; however, it should be soothing to hear these words of encouragement. No one can tell what the future will hold, but we will all be fascinated to see how the story of LeBron James and the Cavaliers comes to a close.