James will reportedly take his time and carefully assess what the Cavs do with free agents before he commits to anything.
Cleveland’s braintrust has maintained that they expect to re-sign both Love and James this summer.
Per the NEOMG:
The contract situations of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and to a certain degree Brendan Haywood are expected to be resolved before the Cavaliers’ re-sign the world’s most dominant player. […] James’ course during the free agency period will be to take a wait-and-see approach while the Cleveland Cavaliers tend to executing housekeeping matters, league sources said.
The four-time MVP has a player option deadline of June 29 that he’ll decline. […] The belief is James wants to observe how management goes about retaining and accumulating assets that not only keep the organization in win-now mode, but also enriches the roster from top to bottom.
The chances of James bolting the city of Cleveland for a second time is far-fetched, but the method employed would allow him to assess the Cavaliers’ moves prior to re-signing and it would also apply immense pressure on the organization to do whatever is necessary to strengthen the team. […] For James and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, it’s a shrewd and forward-thinking business tactic. There’s no telling how many prime years James has left and the impression is that he wants to ensure he’s surrounded by a supporting cast that’s championship material throughout the duration of his supreme basketball days.