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Rachel Nichols Thinks LeBron's Decision To Opt-Out Means He Knows Where He's Going

LeBron James looking over his right shoulder.

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on January 13, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, which means that for the third time in his career, he's a free agent. James could still sign with the Cavs, but most, at this point, think he's headed to play for the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Those in the know are starting to think so too. Rachel Nichols, who hosts The Jump on ESPN, thinks that LeBron's decision to opt out today is pretty decent evidence that he's going to Los Angeles.

Why? She notes that if LeBron were to re-sign with Cleveland now for another 1+1 deal (a one year deal with a one year player option added on) he'd actually make less money than he'd have made if he just opted into the deal he had on the table.

Why would LeBron do that? The only reason would be if he winds up heading back to Cleveland as a last resort. That's hard to see.

Trevor Lane at Lakers Nation notes that it's possible James could sign a long-term deal with Cleveland instead. But it's hard to see that happening given the team's current situation and James' relationship with owner Dan Gilbert.

LeBron's decision will likely come soon - but many are wondering if he'll wait for the Spurs to deal Kawhi Leonard. There's still an outside shot that Leonard, James and Paul George somehow united in Los Angeles.`