Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Post­media Net­work wires

CLEVE­LAND — Maybe it was po­etic Le­Bron James had a sup­port­ing cast on his in­jured right hand.

For the se­cond time in a ca­reer still as­cend­ing after 15 years, James was on the wrong side of a sweep as the Golden State War­riors, a team with no ap­par­ent weak­nesses and as many as four of the league’s 10 best play­ers on its ros­ter, trans­formed into a dy­nasty in Cleve­land late Fri­day. His next stop is un­known. An­other sus­pense­ful sum­mer of “Where will Le­Bron go next?” is off and run­ning.

In the next few weeks, James is ex­pected to de­cline his $35.6-mil­lion con­tract op­tion for next sea­son with the Cava­liers and be­come an un­re­stricted free agent like he was in 2010 and 2014. Then the fun starts — well, of­fi­cially and legally un­der NBA rules — and teams can be­gin court­ing King James to join them.

At the mo­ment the list of suit­ors is lim­ited, but it could grow be­fore July as teams po­si­tion them­selves to ac­quire one of the game’s most tran­scen­dent forces.

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