With the deadline for contract options looming later tonight, LeBron James has taken the first step of his 2018 free agency journey.
Per multiple reports, James has opted out of his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and will officially become a free agent.
This is a big blow to the Houston Rockets chances of signing James this summer, as one of the only ways they could've acquired the four-time MVP is via a sign-and-trade, needing James to resign with the Cavs before being traded to Houston.
This decision puts the Los Angeles Lakers, who have enough cap room to sign two max free agents this summer, at the front of the race for LeBron's services. This doesn't mean that Cleveland is out of the race just yet though, as LeBron could still resign with the Cavs on a new deal, perhaps long-term.
Whatever the case, we have officially come one step closer to finding out where LeBron will be playing next season.