Despite his (probably) good intentions, LeBron James may have just made things ten times worse for himself in an effort to quiet down any rumors regarding his free agency decision at the end of the season.
James is arguably having the best year of his career statistics-wise this season — in his 15th season no less — but because of some of the struggles the Cavs have been facing earlier on in the year, especially regarding Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, the majority of the news coming out of Cleveland has been centered around James’ free agency destination, and not what he and the Cavs have been accomplishing this year.
Earlier in the week, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor released a report that explained LeBron James was looking closely at three specific teams this upcoming free agency period: The Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Houston Rockets, on top of potentially resigning with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin before the Cavs game against the Clippers, McMenamin asked James about the reported ‘destination list’, something LeBron immediately shut down, but for some reason, never explicitly ruled out.
“I’ve still got too much work to do here. One thing about me and my career, you probably don’t know, you haven’t been around me, that I handle my business accordingly, and when that time comes, I’ll take care of that. But right now, my job right now is to get these guys prepared for the Clippers tonight and then how we can continue to get better going down the stretch.”
LeBron made sure to let everyone know he’s still 100% focused on this season with Cleveland, but never said that he plans to re-sign with the Cavs outright, meaning he’s leaving his options open in case he indeed does leave Cleveland.
This statement should scare Cleveland fans out of their shoes. James knows how to handle himself and his public image when it comes to free agency, and doesn’t want to be considered a liar by the general public, which is exactly the reason why he left his answer open to interpretation.