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LeBron James: 'I don't plan on going anywhere'

By Jason Lloyd Published: August 8, 2014
LeBron James jersey wearing fans stand together while waiting for the start of the annual I PROMISE Family Reunion event to welcome home LeBron James, at InfoCision Stadium on Friday in Akron. The event was hosted by the LeBron James Family Foundation. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

AKRON: LeBron James insists he’s home to stay.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” James said Friday night during the Welcome Home LeBron event at InfoCision Stadium. “I don’t have the energy to do it again.”

James structured his contract with the Cavs to allow him to again enter free agency after each of the next two seasons, but implied Friday that was a maneuver to take advantage of the league’s next television contract, when max salaries could increase dramatically.

“At the end of the day I’m a businessman as well,” James said, “and I know what’s going on in our league.”

He also knows what’s going on with the apparent imminent arrival of Kevin Love. James said he “wasn’t getting his hopes up” until the deal can become official on Aug. 23, but then he raved about Love. The two spent a month together during the 2012 Olympics and James came to appreciate Love’s high basketball IQ.

“I always told him he was going to be the reason we won the gold medal,” James said “He played a huge role for us. “I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully it happens and everything is done right from the league rules. It’s a great piece.” 

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