The horrific memories of “The Drive” and “The Fumble” have been replaced by “The Block” and an NBA championship parade thanks to LeBron James. But, Cleveland fans can’t help but get nervous when it comes time for LeBron James contract “decisions”.
Northeast Ohio breathed a regional sigh of relief yesterday when LeBron agreed to a new 3-year $100 million deal to remain with the Cavs, with a player option after the second year. The deal makes LeBron the highest paid player in the NBA, but is also significant because he was willing to commit to the organization for more than one year.
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Today in The Herd, Nick Wright observed that the most significant part of LeBron’s new deal isn’t the money, it’s that he has given up the leverage of the threat to leave after one year if he isn’t happy.
“The real news is not the $100 million part, it’s the three years part. He is ceding some of the power that he’s had over the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise over the last few years. And LeBron signing this deal tells me this. Obviously he’s not leaving over the next couple of years, because he’snow under contract. LeBron is never leaving Cleveland.”
Cleveland hasn’t been this hot since the Cuyahoga River was burning.
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