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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:26 AM
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LeBron James Hints He Will Explore Free Agency
A.P., August 7, 2009

AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James is going to make the Cleveland Cavaliers wait -- and sweat.

James indicated Friday that he is unlikely to accept a contract extension from the Cavs until after the 2009-10 season and presumably will become a free agent.

At an event in his hometown to unveil Nike Air Max LeBron VII, the latest sneaker in his signature line, James made his strongest comments yet about his future. The NBA's reigning MVP said he signed a three-year contract in 2006 to give him more options once it expires.

"I signed a contract in 2006 with an option, and it would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn't keep my options open," he said. "I'll let you fill in the blanks."

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Despite James' insistence that he's happy in Cleveland, his choice to delay his decision is certain to spark more speculation that he'll sign with another club next summer. James has maintained that he's pleased with the Cavs' direction, owner Dan Gilbert and Ferry's attempts to add more talent to Cleveland's roster.

LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4383960
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