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LeBron James signs $100 million contract with Cavs, per report

The King wants to deliver another title to Cleveland.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2014, he had one goal: deliver an NBA Championship to the city of Cleveland. Now he wants another. James is signing a three-year, $100 million dollar deal to stay with the Cavaliers to defend his NBA Title, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. There is no word yet on whether the deal has any opt outs.

James is coming off a legendary NBA Finals. In leading the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit against the 73-win Golden State Warriors, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game as the Cavaliers stunned the Warriors and the world. Entering his 14th season, James, 31, had seen a small dip in his game during the regular season, but remained one of the best players in the league.

After leading the Cavaliers to the franchise's first title in 2016, there were rumors that he might depart the city like he did in 2010, but James shot those down quickly.

"I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told Cleveland.com. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy." He didn't guarantee that he would come back to Cleveland, but it certainly appeared that way, even though he could have made more money elsewhere.

James could have left $3 million on the table by signing with the Cavaliers. Because the Cavaliers don't have full Bird Rights of James, they could only sign him to a one-year $27.5 million deal, but other teams could max James out at $30.8 million (per Windhorst).

In the end, money wasn't an issue for James, who is coming back to Cleveland to shock the world with more mind-bending plays.

James is an all-time great in the league. Now with three titles and after delivering deafening defeat to the greatest regular season team in NBA history, there's not much left for James to do in the league -- aside from adding more and more titles to his resume. He'll attempt to win championship No. 4 in Cleveland -- he's not leaving on bad terms again.

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LeBron has delivered on all his promises from 2014