Miami Heat Exclusive: LeBron James Might Opt-Out Of Contract In 2014

By CDR
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Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Here we go again. Are you serious?

It was only two years ago when NBA All-star LeBron James had chosen to take his talents to South Beach. During that time, it felt like nothing in the NBA was more important. LeBron James was in the middle of an NBA tornado and it was quickly sweeping throughout every state.

After LeBron James had made his decision, many fans heavily disliked the outcome. Die-hard supporters in Cleveland were burning his jersey, New Yorkers who preferred that James should’ve went to the Knicks were angry, and in terms of the Nets, well… let’s just say that everyone knew James wasn’t going to New Jersey. Sorry Nets fans.

With that being said, despite receiving a tremendous amount of unfavorable support, James brushed off all the negative energy, put on a Miami Heat jersey, and stepped on the court with two more NBA stars in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh [All-Star who also joined the Heat]. This amazing trio quickly became known as the “Big Three.”

An abundant amount of attention was brought back to Miami due to the signing of LeBron James. Unfortunately, this all might change at the end of the 2013-14 NBA season. What? You heard it right, James is strongly contemplating about opting out of his six-year/$110.1 million dollar deal with the Miami Heat.

According to Fox Sports Ohio and writer Sam Amico, LeBron James will seriously abandon his multi-year contract if… you ready for this? If Pat Riley remains to be Miami Heat’s team president and continues to assume this role by the end of the 2014 season. In the instance that this is the scenario, James will be packing his bags and taking his talents to a different destination.

Wait, there’s MORE!

If LeBron James was to indeed enter free agency once again, sources close to this matter inform the media that the “King” would go back to Cleveland where it all began. Crazy huh?

Believe it or not, this might just be something LeBron James is actually thinking about. There were rumors at the end of last season that Pat Riley and LeBron James were not seeing eye-to-eye. There were also numerous reports that James didn’t like the Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra. Now, if there was one thing that I would definitely put my money on, it’s LeBron’s lack of confidence in his head coach. Say what you will, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if LeBron James headed out of Miami.

Currently, the Miami Heat find themselves sitting on top of the Southeast division with a 13-5 record, second best in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James is playing all-world posting 29.1 points per game, 8.0 rebounds, and 7.1 assists. The guy is performing at a very high level and is nearly averaging a triple-double early in the season.

Something to note: LeBron James’ statistics rose dramatically ever since Dwyane Wade got injured. Which begs the question, “Does LeBron James need Dwyane Wade?” By no means am I trying to divide the team, but given Miami Heat’s strong record without Wade, it’s actually not a bad question to ask.

What do you guys think about LeBron James opting out? Get crazy and let me know how you feel!

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29 Responses to Miami Heat Exclusive: LeBron James Might Opt-Out Of Contract In 2014

  1. JW says:

    I don’t know how we do this, but we gotta get LeBron and Tebow on the same roster. Can you imagine the blog topics that would present?

  2. Anything is possible in the Association, where players can plot and steer themselves to the same team in order to win one, two, three…you get it. I wouldn’t be shocked if LeBron went elsewhere. Once Dwight Howard gets in position, we’ll likely see some “noise” immediately thereafter about more stars planning to join forces.

    • CDR says:

      I am with you Bruce… It wouldn’t be shocking to me at all if LeBron chose to go somewhere else. The NBA is trying to get rid of players joining forces… look what happened to Chris Paul and the Lakers. Even with all that, I am sure NBA Commissioner Stern learned his lesson from all the backlash the first go-around and should be a bit more lenient with future trades.

  3. I tend to ignore stuff like this from pro athletes, but if “The King” opts there is only one city that is benefiting of talents…Sacramento.

    • CDR says:

      Sacramento huh!? Bobby Charts is also a Kings fan… you guys sure love your team… although sorry to say, I doubt he would go to Sacramento… not for anything negative, but given LeBron’s history, it would probably be another big time market. Thanks for the comment!

    • easy SG, we dont want this chump, we Kings fans have pride!!! lol

    • CDR says:

      Hey Bobby… LeBron James is a beast. I’m pretty sure if he wanted to go to the Kings, you’d be all for it. hehe

  4. Do you think Gilbert and the fans would take him back?

    • CDR says:

      I think so Chris. You live and you learn… I am pretty sure it was dicey in the beginning when James left, but winning can turn any franchise’s frown… upside down. hehe

  5. Wow what a circus this would be, LeBron is going to be known more for where he goes over who he beats, crazy and weak!

    • CDR says:

      LeBron would get so much “Heat” if he doesn’t win in Miami and then decides to leave. James needs to make sure he wins at least one… otherwise fans will simply just laugh at him.

    • Tyler Humphrey says:

      You cant *laugh* at a player like LeBron no matter what he is. James will be the best player in the league and no other player can do what he can do. Why don’t everyone just leave him alone. He is a man, he can make his own decisions!

    • CDR says:

      Hey Tyler, thanks for stopping by and giving us your two cents. When I meant “laugh” at him, I meant in a way where fans would be disgusted. While he is a man and is entitled to his own decisions, he also needs to be accountable for the things he says. If this turns out to be true, all that championship talk about promising the Heat organization with not one, not two, not three… you get the drift. Actions speak louder than words and if James were to leave Miami without winning at least one, he would be the talk of the town…. in a negative way. James looks to be on a mission this season, let’s see if it’s finally his year.

  6. Sam Brief says:

    Wait a second, the guy who said “Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7, not 8″ is now going to opt out of his contract??!? I don’t think so.

  7. chappy81 says:

    Wow, haven’t seen this anywhere. I guess it still has a couple of years to pick up steam, but wow. I don’t feel like it’ll happen though.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment Chap. The Miami Heat is also wishing that it don’t happen. That’s a fact. hehe

  8. tophatal says:

    So this is LeBron’s idea of an image makeover ? What , he’s not seen the idiocy of the Kris Humphries debacle and his antics in trying to prove that he’s intellectually superior to his former ex ? And she’s not the brightest bulb in a room when lit!

    tophatal ……….

    • CDR says:

      Well said Alan! Very funny actually. When there’s smoke, there will be definitely be fire. All the pressure is on LeBron to win one in Miami. If he can’t win one with the Heat, moving somewhere else won’t help.

  9. TheSportologist says:

    Great article…. Lebron to restore his image would need to return. However if he wins a ring or if he can’t bring anyone to Cleveland with him, he will not return. Plus, I don’t think he likes Gilbert.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment Montyon! One thing is for sure… LeBron James is one of those players that wants to be loved by the fans. James tried playing the villain last year and it backfired. Just heard an interview before he played Cleveland and he sounded like he wanted to go back. It doesn’t sound good for the Heat!

  10. Jim Penner says:

    We knew he wasn’t going to the Nets, hey…you happy to produce any evidence that you knew PRIOR to the announcement? You douche bag… LeBron wants to be a billionaire, how do u think he does that in a market like Miami…. douche bag.

    • CDR says:

      Hey Jim, thanks for the comment. Although a little harsh, I like it! When I mentioned “go crazy and tell me how you feel” you definitely wasn’t kidding. On that note, if you read the article completely, I wasn’t denying the fact that James wasn’t going to New Jersey, I was actually agreeing with it. Not sure exactly what got your heart boiling with that statement. Also, with all the endorsements LeBron James has, money right now is probably the least thing he’s thinking about. Athletes are people too at the end of the day and sometimes it’s just about being comfortable and happy.

      Miami is indeed a good market for a player, but with all the endorsements LeBron James currently has, I doubt he’s thinking about money if he does move away from Miami.

      you’re missing the fact that if James had chosen the Nets, he would be in an even bigger market because he would be in Brooklyn, New York. Last time I checked, New York is one of the biggest, if not the largest market for any professional athlete. In any case, New Jersey or even New York is not important because according to my post, none of these places is where James wants to go in 2014.

  11. Tyler Humphrey says:

    LeBron will not leave Miami, he fits in good there. Although, I’m willing to say he is way better without Wade on the court, Wade is a great fit for him, the guy could work with any team. Wade is legendary!

    • CDR says:

      Let’s sure hope so Tyler. I would also agree that James is a good fit for the Miami Heat. The “Big Three” in Bosh, James and Wade are all skilled passers making all three athletes a dangerous weapon with or without the ball. You got it right, Wade is indeed legendary!

  12. kytothedoubled says:

    Honestly you guys are all idiots thinking Lebron is gonna leave South Beach. The Heat are Champs and I can assure you they will continue to win with the current team we have now. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis didn’t come to the Heat for Lebron to leave after the 2014 season, morons like you should publish this crap.

    • CDR says:

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, which is why I respect yours. There certainly have been some mixed emotions. Here’s the reality… a story is a story and just because you’re a definite Miami fan and would be tremendously hurt if LeBron James was to leave, that doesn’t mean it’s not a story worth telling. I totally understand man, you don’t even want to think that your best star is leaving… who does? This is the beauty of sports, not everyone is going to agree. There’s always a discussion.

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