LeBron James has not exercised the option of US $ 21.6 million on his contract and become a free agent on July 1, according to the Associated Press has learned.

It was expected that James make that decision, even if it is not planning to leave again the Cleveland Cavaliers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither James nor the Cavaliers have commented on the process.

James made ??a comeback with the Cavaliers last season, signing a two-year contract with an option for the player. The decision will allow James to sign a new contract at the maximum value allowed next season, or more than $ 22 million.

James helped the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals, but lost in six games against the Golden State Warriors .

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