The King staying put

Hundreds of thousands of Clevelanders can breathe a collective sigh of relief as LeBron James has announced he will sign the Cavaliers’ five-year, $80 million contract extension. The earliest LeBron can ink the deal is Wednesday, July 12 as part of the collective bargaining agreement. Other members of the 2003 draft class committed days ago to re-signing with their respective teams, leaving many nervous Cavs fans. They can worry no more because LeBron is sticking around for good. Forget the talk about New Jersey, Chicago, New York, L.A, and New York. James will be in a Cavaliers uniform for years to come and is excited about the direction of the team.

“I am very excited and happy to be re-signing with the Cavaliers. Staying in Cleveland … provides me with the unique opportunity to continue to play in front of my family, friends and fans,” James said in a statement released by his publicist. “I look forward to working toward bringing a championship to our great fans and the city of Cleveland.”

We have had several big name players (Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Boozer) bolt and leave us hanging out to dry in the past but I wasn’t too worried about LeBron. He has seemed very satisfied with the city and the team and has repeatedly stated his interest in staying in Cleveland. LeBron has been in the national spotlight the last several days for waiting so long to sign the max deal. Perhaps he thought it was just assumed that he was going to re-sign with the Cavs and didn’t feel the need to come out and declare his intentions. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter anymore. The King’s throne will be safely planted in C-Town until 2012.

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