LeBron James accepted a two-year contract with his earlier as well as first team Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. According to the ESPN sources, LeBron James rejoined Cleveland Cavaliers with a deal worth $47 million. In his contract $23 million for the first year and 24 million for the second year on player’s option.
This deal again reveals the future plan of James to keep the flexibility of year to year, just to take the advantage of constantly increasing salary cap every year.
He has already cleared his decision of joining Cavs, but he made it official on the first day of NBA contract signings. As per the deal, he allowed himself to be open for next year to take another salary cap jump.
30 year small forward James joined NBA with Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 and scored record 25 points in his debut game against Sacramento Kings. He played his first 7 seasons with Cavs before becoming a first unrestricted free agent in July 2010.
In July 2010 he signed a contract with Miami Heat and led his new side to the two consecutive NBA Championships in 2011-12 and 2012-13. He won 4 awards of Most Valuable Player of NBA and two MVP award for NBA Finals.
Two times Olympic gold medal champion James again become a free agent in June 2014 after revoking his contract with Heat. This time he signed a contract with his first team Cleveland Cavaliers again with a deal of two years worth $42.1 million with an extra option of becoming a free agent in 2015, which he did this time also.
After his comeback Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love, to form a star trio with already acquired player Kyrie Irving. This trio of Small Forward (James), Center/Power Forward (Love) and Point Guard (Irving) leads the team to the NBA Final of 2014-15 against Golden State Warriors.
They lost the final but LeBron James was the best player in all 6 NBA Finals. Average points per game scored by him in finals were 35.8 with highest 8.8 assist per game and 13.3 rebounds per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers retained the same trio this time by signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love back in the team. Cavs also signed shooting guard Iman Shumpert on a long-term deal. They are also in talks with their power forward Tristan Thompson to get him resigned.
James didn’t even have any conversation with any other team during this time as he was on a vacation and he was already decided to be with Cavs. He had a conversation with his friend and teammate Kevin Love before the opening of free agency.
After talking to him Love said, “He happened to be in Los Angeles the same time I was, SO, we just talked everything out and a lot of stuff was very honest and we came to a really good place and we agreed on a lot of things, so I think that was also a very big deal when you’re talking to the best player in the world.”
We have to see what will that trio win the next year championship for their team.