That was the path his friend Chris Paul took last summer when he opted into his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and was then traded to the Houston Rockets. Even that was a remote possibility.
While all free agent decisions are important, this one holds special weight for James, with this likely being the final destination before he retires, and what he accomplishes moving forward will shape his legacy forever.
Turning down an option to stay with a team doesn't sound like positive news, but this hardly means the Cavs have been crossed off James' list.
After the departure of Kyrie Irving last summer, James has been a lone soldier for much of the year and nearly single-handedly dragged his team back to the finals.
Months ago, James' connection with the Cavs seemed broken, hopeless. "Well LeBron Jamesreached out to Kevin Durant via text, from what I'm told, about coming to Los Angeles". "Why would I think about doing something like that?'"
Unlike his free-agency forays in 2010 and 2014, James will not meet with prospective teams.
According to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks, Cleveland can offer James a more lucrative deal than any other team - a five-year max contract in the neighborhood of $207 million.
The chance to join one of the league's most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year's Finals that he remains in "championship mode".
Wade, 36, spoke to George, who is deciding between returning to Oklahoma City or joining the Lakers, his hometown team, about the formation of the Heat's Big 3 and why it came together.
The Lakers are reportedly in heavy talks with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire Kawhi Leonard which would possibly guarantee that LeBron would take his talents out West and sign as well.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets are also believed to covet the four-time league MVP, who just played in his eighth straight Finals. Yet James has plenty of options elsewhere should he choose to leave.
Toronto could be in for stormy weather on Wednesday, Environment Canada says, and then things are going to get very, very hot. Ottawa Public Health has issued a statement advising residents to take precautions during the Canada Day weekend heat wave.
However, serious illness that involves the nervous system, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are also possible. When outdoors, residents are advised to use repellents containing DEET, permethrin, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
A revised suspension arrangement was also developed, featuring a Bilstein DampTronic continuously adjustable damping system. At the back there's a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed transaxle, with stronger differentials and drive shafts.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Atlantic record label and Amy Wadge - who co-wrote the song are the other defendants in the claim. Ed Sheeran performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 25, 2017.
You can now add gigabytes of storage to your MacBook for $9.99 and the cost of a microSD card - and no screwdrivers required. The new higher storage potential is being referred to as SD Ultra Capacity, SDUC for short, with the SD Express interface.
Back then the track was longer by 200 meters, nonetheless, the new time will likely remain unbeaten for a long time to come. The hybrid system captures energy from the front brakes and the exhaust system, storing it in a lithium-ion battery.
South Korea's team, the deus ex machina, scored twice in the final minutes of the game against Germany . Despite the stunning win against the defending champion, Korea failed to go on to the next round.
Argentina scraped into the knockout stages thanks to a dramatic late win in their final Group D game against Nigeria . He's yet to register a shot on target at this year's World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.
The Galaxy Note 9 has been making the rounds over the past few weeks, and has made the stop at FCC for certification. That includes Bluetooth connectivity between the Note 9 and the stylus, rather than the current digitizer system.
FDA Green Lights Marijuana-Based Pharmaceutical Drug
Some physicians have expressed relief to finally have an FDA-regulated cannabis-based medication on the market. The LGS Foundation estimates there are between 30,000 and 50,000 Americans with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
Helsinki possible location for Trump-Putin summit: U.S
President Trump is planning to hold a summit meeting in the near future with Russian President Vladimir Putin . Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was likely to meet his US counterpart Mike Pompeo beforehand, he added.
McLaren 600LT Reveals Its Latest Longtail
Built using the lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the 600LT further benefits from new carbon fibre bodywork. Despite all these revisions, it's still quite hard not to look at the 600LT as a spruced-up 570S.
MLS footballer Collin Martin comes out as gay
In their match against FC Dallas on Friday, Minnesota United will mark the night by wearing jerseys with rainbow-colored numbers. Martin is a former US youth worldwide , playing with the national team at the under-14 though under-20 levels.
President Trump says Putin summit likely in Europe, July
But planning for the meeting was delayed amid the investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation . Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation .