James opts out

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

LeBron James is an un­re­stricted free agent for the third time in six sea­sons, though he has no plans to change teams again. The Cleve­land Cava­liers star will not ex­er­cise a $ 21.6- mil­lion op­tion on his con­tract for next sea­son, a de­ci­sion that was widely ex­pected for months. It al­lows him to sign a new max­i­mum con­tract — likely another two- year deal with a player op­tion for 2017- 18 — that is ex­pected to pay him more than $ 22 mil­lion a year, above what he would have made un­der his pre­vi­ous con­tract.

The Sparks’ win­less start to the WNBA sea­son reached 0- 7 with a 79- 70 loss to the New York Lib­erty in New York. Kristi To­liver, mak­ing her sea­son de­but af­ter play­ing for Slo­vakia in the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, scored a ca­reer­high 30 points for the Sparks, who were down to eight play­ers af­ter An­drea Hoover in­jured her left foot in a game Fri­day.

The Mi­ami Heat de­clined its $ 1.3- mil­lion op­tion for for­ward Michael Beasley, end­ing his third stint with the team. . . . Ser­bia beat France, 76- 68, in the EuroBas­ket women’s cham­pi­onship game at Bu­dapest, Hungary, to qual­ify for next year’s Olympics in Rio.

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