As NBA teams do their due diligence on his no-trade clause and the potential of him dropping it, LeBron James remains determined to see the season through in Cleveland and will not waive the clause, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cleveland has attempted to behave as a buyer at the trade deadline, but the first approach toward a possible rebuild would be to examine trading the team’s core players — a conversation the Cavaliers have yet to broach with James, and both sides understand his position to play the season out, league sources said. Over the past several days, teams around the league have openly wondered about whether Cleveland would look into James dropping his no-trade — which would clear the way for a potential pursuit. However, James remains solely focused on competing for a championship in Cleveland this season and evaluating his future after the season ends.
James signed a three-year, $100 million contract to return to the Cavaliers in 2016 after leading the franchise to its first championship.
James, a three-time NBA champion, four-time MVP and 14-time All-Star, has averaged 26.3 points, 8.7 assists and eight rebounds in 51 games this season. Cleveland (30-21) has lost nine of its past 14 games and holds the third seed in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday night’s game in Orlando.
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