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LeBron James confirms he'll stay in Cleveland next year

LeBron James will be back in Cleveland to defend the title next year.

<p>OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. </p>

Not that it’s surprising after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship, but LeBron James will be back to defend his title.

James, 31, is expected to opt out of his current two-year deal, which would’ve paid him $24 million next season. He can make around $30 million next season with the influx of TV money and the league's rising salary cap.

Not that there was much question about James returning after ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought on Sunday night, but James assured Cavs fans that he’d be back ahead of Wednesday’s parade.

Free agency officially opens on July 1.

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