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The Rockets' salary - if they sign James and signed Paul, also a free agent this summer, to expectedly large contracts would shoot far more than $6 million past the luxury-tax line.

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, LeBron James will opt out of his Cleveland Cavaliers contract and thus will become an unrestricted free agent.

"They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago".

James had until 11:59 p.m. Friday to make a decision about his option. The Rockets pushed the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference finals last month.

As of late Thursday afternoon, James had not informed the Cavs of his plans while reports about his future filled Twitter timelines and talk radio programs.

The 76ers stand as a third and seemingly distant runner-up for James.

But there are other teams in the mix for the 33-year-old - and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be at the top of the list. Whether or not they play out is one thing, but to say players don't at least engage each other on the subject is another.

An off-season rarely goes by without James or his team making a huge move.

Houston does not have cap space, so the best way for it to acquire James would be through a trade after he picked up his player option. It will be tough for Cleveland to make any significant changes to its roster until it gets an answer from him. "That is not the information that I got but I will tell you what I did hear is that behind the scenes, Kevin Durant was like 'Why would I do that?"

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.

The Lakers are expected to trade for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and they may have a shot at landing Paul George in free agency as well.

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