James opts out
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.