CLEVELAND (AP) -LeBron James said he'll consider signing an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, well before he enters the free-agent market in 2010.
``You play out the season of course; I will consider it,'' James told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer before the team practiced in Denver on Saturday. ``The direction we are headed is everything I expected and more.''
James, under contract for two more seasons, can hit the free-agent market on July 1, 2010. There has long been speculation James will eventually end up in one of the NBA's larger markets - particularly with the New York Knicks.
The Cavaliers (22-4) have the second-best record in the NBA.
``I definitely want to keep an open mind, I will look at everything,'' James said. ``(The extension) is a good point. I think me and my group have pretty much made good decisions so far and we'll look at the options and go from there.''
James signed a three-year, $43 million deal with the Cavaliers in 2006. The deal includes a player option for 2010-11 worth $17.4 million.

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