LeBron says he’ll consider re-signing this summer

Maybe he’s serious, or maybe he just wants to get the press off his back, but LeBron James told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that if the Cavs’ keep up their winning ways, he’ll consider re-signing this summer.

“You play out this season of course; I will consider it,” James said Saturday before the Cavs practiced at the Pepsi Center.

“The direction we are headed is everything I expected and more.”

This is the first time James has publicly talked about signing this summer instead of waiting until 2010. It is an indication of how pleased James is with the progress the Cavaliers have made this season as they are off to a 22-4 start, 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 isn’t committing to anything here other than to “consider” re-signing if the Cavs continue to win. And pledging to consider something is very nebulous thing. No one can actually proved you considered it (or didn’t consider it), so you don’t actually have to.

Regardless, the Cavs have one of the best records in the league and if they make another Finals appearance this year, it’s going to be tough for James to fly the coop in the summer of 2010. The key is not to get swept like they did against the Spurs. Those Finals showed just how far the Cavs (and the whole Eastern Conference, really) were from truly competing for a title. Now that there’s a legitimate contender (favorite?) in the East — the Celtics — a playoff matchup between the C’s and Cavs could have a major impact on the future landscape of the NBA.

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