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ESPN Insider Predicts LeBron James Will Opt Out On Friday

LeBron James sweating in a headband.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 02: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on January 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LeBron James now has less than 48 hours to make a decision that will impact his potential offseason move. The Cleveland Cavaliers' star has until Friday at midnight to either opt in or opt out of his 2018-19 contract.

If he opts in, James will either be staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers for at least one more season, or facilitating a trade to another franchise like Chris Paul did with the Houston Rockets last summer.

If he opts out, James will either be re-signing with the Cavs or signing as a free agent with someone like the Los Angeles Lakers or Philadelphia 76ers.

What is James going to do?

One ESPN insider has made his prediction. He thinks he'll be opting out.

ESPN's Ryen Russillo tweeted the following this evening:

"I think LeBron opts out Friday. As I’ve said throughout this, LeBron will not go to LA solo. If you are LA a trade for Kawhi is potentially a trade for both players. Especially if you think George is staying in OKC," he wrote.

"It reminds me a little of Boston in 2007. They didn’t want to trade to Pierce, they wanted to add to him. They trade #5 pick for Ray Allen and now KG, who once didn’t want to play in Boston, is on board. (A max 3yr extension also helped w/ KG...)"

Opting out seems to be the most-likely choice. Opting in to facilitate a sign-and-trade to Houston had been mentioned as an option, but it doesn't feel like the Rockets are in contention anymore.

Most believe this is down to the Cavs and the Lakers. And by opting out of his contract, James keeps both of those options open.

It's certainly going to be an exciting 48 hours. And then, if LeBron does opt out, the real fun begins...