At the celebration of his return to the Cleveland in August, 2014, LeBron James said he planned on ending his career with the Cavaliers.

"I don't plan on going anywhere," James said that day in InfoCision Stadium. "I don't have the energy to do it again."

James reiterated that Monday at media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts, about to embark on a season when his possible free agency next summer will be thrown in his face at every turn.

Asked if his intentions to stay in Cleveland have changed, James said, ďUmm, it hasnít changed. And thatís why I sit up here today, still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship, put us in a position where we can be successful.

ďObviously you guys know with me, any time Iím able to either be a free agent or my contract is ending, Iíll approach that when the summer comes. I wonít ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans in a situation where Iím worried or talking about free agency all year long, because Iím not going to give energy to something that I can handle in the summertime, when I should be focused on what I need to do on a day to day basis to help this franchise compete for a championship, because thatís what the front office wants. I think thatís what (general manager) Koby (Altman) would want in the front office and I think thatís what (owner) Dan (Gilbert) would want. If that wasnít the case then they wouldnít have made the deal that they made to bring in this group of talent and made the deals to get (Derrick) Rose here and get Jeff Green here and Jose Calderon and guys like that who have championship level talent. Itís my obligation to go about it that way and when the summer comes, I will approach that.Ē

James can opt out of his contract next summer and become a free agent. Speculation has been rampant that he will depart for Los Angeles or join his friends on another Western Conference team.

But when asked again if he was saying he planned to finish his career here, James nodded his head in affirmation.

Then asked what needs to be decided next summer, he said, ďAh, well at the end of the day I have a contract and I will fill out that obligation, which Iíve always done. And if you guys know me, I donít know if you know me as much, but Iíve always handled it in the most businesslike way. And I will do that with my team, and weíll handle that in the summertime, as we always have.Ē

James said he didn't believe that the endless questions he will face about his future will be a distraction this season. He dealt with the same situation in 2010 before he left the Cavs for the Heat, then again in 2014 after winning two championships in Miami. He ended Cleveland's 52-year title drought in 2016.

"Itís never been a distraction for me personally," he said. "If you look back in 2010, I tried to put that team in a position to compete for a championship, and obviously we played extremely well throughout the regular season, and we ran into a team that was more talented than us in Boston. And they beat us.

"And the same in 2014. I was part of a team to try to help them get to a place where a lot of teams havenít been in, to be able to three-peat. We got all the way there, but it was a team that was hitting on all cylinders better than us at that point in time in San Antonio. So, my focus has always been there, just go back and look at my game and look at my team. So, I donít think anything will change."