LeBron James Won’t Waive No-Trade Clause For Cavaliers
The King is reportedly planning to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers until the end of his contract.
Three-time NBA champion and certified Hall of Famer LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause during the 2017-18 season. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, James, 32, can be a free agent next summer if he declines his $35.6 million player option for 2018-19.
The Cavaliers news general manager, Koby Altman, already has his work cut out for him heading into the season as they struggled mightily to keep up with the other top contenders in the league. For those who haven’t been keeping track, the Cavs already tried to acquire Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford all unsuccessfully.
Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving stuck the knife in Cleveland a bit deeper after word about him requesting a trade to either the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat or New York Knicks, hit the wire. “Irving was tired of being Robin to James’ Batman,” the report stated. “… Irving felt the time had come to take his destiny into his own hands. He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team.”
James deciding to not waive his no-trade clause is a positive move for him possibly staying in Cleveland—there’s no guarantee that the four-time MVP stays beyond next season. It will be a risky 2017-2018 season for the Cavaliers, who could end up with a drastically different looking team this time next year.