LeBron James Refutes Talk of Leaving Cleveland

LeBron James Refutes Talk of Leaving Cleveland

NBA superstar denies possible Cavs departure.

Published January 2, 2015

LeBron James wants Cleveland to know that he isn't going anywhere.

King James refuted a report that claimed he was going to opt out of his Cavaliers contract at the end of this season and burn the city for the second time in five years.

"I'm here to build, build something great in the present and the future, and that's the reason I'm back," James told Cleveland.com. "I've got no other reason to have to continue to talk about things that's so outlandish. So, I'm here, this is where I'll be, and this is where I'm comfortable."

What sparked the statement was a Christmas Day video in which James can be heard telling former teammate Dwyane Wade, “Like I said, if we aren’t better this year, we’re gonna reunite again and do some bigger and better things, alright? You already know.”

While the volume was low following the Cavs-Miami Heat game, capturing the moment between the friends, King James says he's not plotting a reunion with Wade.

"I've seen the clip just like you've seen the clip. I don't know exactly what I said at the beginning, either," James said. "I know I said, 'We'll get back together and do some bigger and better things,' but it had nothing to do about basketball." 

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