The biggest name in free agency wasn’t necessarily going anywhere, but that wasn’t made official until this afternoon when LeBron James announced he would re-sign with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
James made his announcement via Uninterrupted in a one-minute video where he expresses his excitement, and talks about defending Cleveland’s title.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) August 11, 2016
LeBron also thanked the fans, and said how he “can’t wait to get the group back together”. The most interesting part of the video might have been when he said, “Let’s get J.R. done,” referring to the fact that the Cavaliers have yet to come to terms with him as well.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that the deal is for 3 years, and $100 million. This will make LeBron’s salary for next season $31 million, and make him the highest paid player in the league for the first time in his illustrious career. He also reports that his 2017-18 salary at $33 million will be the highest single-season salary in NBA history.
It’s not a surprise that James has re-signed with the Cavaliers. It’s also not a surprise that he’s vouching for the return of J.R. Smith, whom he’s gotten along with very well since he came over to Cleveland from New York. James even said in his postgame presser after Game 7 of the NBA Finals that the Cavaliers weren’t “taking” Smith, but rather that they wanted him.
Surely Dan Gilbert can find a way to bring J.R. back sooner rather than later. Gotta keep the king happy.