CLEVELAND - 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 yesterday. "The direction we are headed is everything I expected and more."

James, under contract for two more seasons, can hit the free-agent market July 1, 2010. There has long been speculation James will eventually end up in one of the NBA's larger markets - specifically 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.