The Fields of Green

Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks to the media after game six of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

As the buzzer sounded signifying the Warriors’ victory in the NBA Finals, much of the discussion focused on LeBron James’ super-human effort in bringing his overmatched Cavaliers to the brink of a championship. LeBron’s disappointment was difficult to miss, especially after his comments in the post-game press conference. One couldn’t help but not that James’ contract has an opt-out clause. Yet there are on-court reasons why he likely won’t exercise it, and business reasons why he shouldn’t even contemplate it.

Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were sidelined with injuries, so it would make sense that LeBron comes back and takes another shot next season, even if Love signs elsewhere as a free agent. LeBron’s opt-outs were designed to let him take advantage of what should be a higher salary cap once the NBA’s new media deal kicks in. It could allow James to leave…

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