LeBron will opt out, then return to Cavs

Sam Amico

CLEVELAND -- It was entirely expected, and according to LeBron James' agent, it will happen. But the Cavaliers and their fans don't need to worry about their face of the franchise.

James has said he will indeed return.

First, though, he will opt out of his contract, James' agent Rich Paul told several news outlets. James was scheduled to make $24 million in 2016-17. By opting out of his deal, he'll be able to collect considerably more than that.

It's a move that makes business sense -- and it's the only reason James is doing it. In fact, it may very well make him the highest-paid player in the history of the league.

He is fresh off winning a title with his hometown team, and has made it clear he's not leaving for a worse payday to play for an organization that's less than on top of the NBA universe.

In the process, he was named Finals MVP, as he lifted the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit to a series-clinching win in Game 7 vs. the Warriors.