LeBron James Likely To Choose Either Heat, Cavs

Sources tell Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio that LeBron James will likely opt out of his contract with the Heat next summer and choose between re-signing with the Heat and returning to the Cavaliers, where he began his career. That would appear to leave the Lakers, who are gearing up for a run at the four-time MVP, out of the picture. Of course, James won't be able to sign a new deal with any team until July 2014, so much can change between now and then.

James took less than the max to sign with the Heat in 2010, and he's set to make only slightly more than $19MM this year. That's a figure that's less than the 2013/14 salaries for Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Amar'e Stoudemire and the amnestied Gilbert Arenas, among others, as HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy points out via Twitter. James' deal includes raises to $20.59MM in 2014/15 and to $22.1 for 2015/16, but it would make financial sense for him to lock in a long-term arrangement next summer while he's still at or near his peak.

Amico hears that James' enjoyment of the recruiting process is one reason why he's likely to opt out next summer, which makes it curious that he'd narrow his choices to just two teams. I'd imagine he'd at least meet with the Lakers and others to hear what they have to say, though that's just my speculation.

HoopsWorld's Steve Kyler reported this week that James is not a lock to exercise his early-termination option next summer. The former No. 1 overall pick also has a player option he can decline in 2015, so James could take a year-by-year approach. With so much uncertainty, Amico argues the Cavs need not focus too much on the specter of a King James return, even if it appears they have a chance to get him.

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GoFish128
2 years 6 months ago

please stop.

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Lamontee Curb
2 years 6 months ago

Well anyway labron will stay in southbeach if his wife is content where they stay and his kids play a factor as well money shouldn’t b a thang to the king he has lots if it and if chasing titles makes him happy than money well guess what labron wil b in southbeach for yrs to come

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Calvin Sparks
2 years 6 months ago

Stay in South Beach with a rapidly aging d wade and Chris Bosh whos skills has diminished, ,We don’t need him in Cleveland but he sure as hell better jump off that sinking Championship float in Miami!

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RickyE
2 years 6 months ago

But yet no one seems to be able to beat this heat team?
Do you think they’d even want lebron back in Cleveland, I mean a lot of people HATE him out there and have said some harsh things about him. I don’t think he wants to be there or that they want him there eothwr, need him but not want him. But hey if a player gets you wins guess you can learn to like him, what happened to Kobe.

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Dee
2 years 6 months ago

I’m from Cleveland and everybody hated hI’m 3yrs ago when he left.. They did a poll back then and 95 percent of people didn’t want him back..Today they did it 97 percent said they would, but I’m tired of the LeBron talk we will see 2014..

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Bryan
2 years 6 months ago

Im from Cleveland too. I was really pissed 3 yrs ago, but I would take him back in a second. I do think Lebron wishes he would have done things differently. Not staying in Cleveland, he obviously made a good career choice going to miami, but the whole self centered “decision”. He would get a chance to erase that black mark and go back to being a universally loved athlete. It would be THE sports story of the year

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boss
2 years 6 months ago

We all want him back who wouldn’t want the greatest player of all time soon to be

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$29671940
2 years 6 months ago

LMAO cleveland will NEVER WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. The most, you’ll be able to do is at least SCRATCH AND SNIFF the playoffs…done and done first round if ya make that far!

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alphakira
2 years 6 months ago

If he’s about championships then why would he choose the Heat over the Cavs following next year? Wade is young man in an old mans body, Bosh isn’t going to scare anyone as a 2nd “star” next to LeBron, and the rest of the roster is filled with 35+ year olds. The Cavs have a nucleus currently built around a young stud like Irving and some very nice pieces like Thompson, Gee, Bennett and Varejao – and possibly Bynum if they retain him.

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BrettHD
2 years 6 months ago

Idiot. I’m not even gonna try to explain it… it’d just go way over your head anyway. It must be nice to live in fantasy land though. You should invite the rest of us…. you know, those of us with the ability to think rationally.

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Bryan
2 years 6 months ago

Dont know BrettHD, think the cavs have a much better future nucleus to build aroumd than miami. You add lebron to the cavs right now, with a healthy Bynum, and they are a 55-60 win team. Look at the cavs when lebron left. They overnight were the worst team in the league. He was winnin 60 and 66 games with that level of talent. Way more now…

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boss
2 years 6 months ago

Dude pg kyrie, sg dion waiters, sf lebron james, anderson verajo, andew bynum, sounds like if all healthy could be dynasty along with everybody making the all star game with there bench when its better then last year now and they were rated 4th wow!
Pg Jerret jack, sg cj miles sf alonzo g pf trishtion Thompson or Anthony Bennett and C Tyler zeller omg that even way better there two deep omg there is still more he better come back he a have 8 to ten rings lo K

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$29671940
2 years 6 months ago

Besides, why would LBJ return to cleveland for MB part 2 he didn’t win under him…he’s won 2 under Coach Spo. HR

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boss
2 years 6 months ago

Dumb @^s need to be band from this site for saying that

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$29671940
2 years 6 months ago

I DO? But I won’t BAWHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAABAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAA. YOU MUST MUST BE A CAVS FAN. AND WHILE YA AT, TELL YOUR DUMB ASS CLEVELAND CAVS OWNER THAT HE’S DOWN TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS JUST IN CASE HE HASN’T NOTICED!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND BY THE WAY, KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BAN AND BAND BEFORE YOU CALL YA SELF CHECKING ME!!!! BAWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAABAWHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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$29671940
2 years 6 months ago

I do? Hoop why did you delete my response there was no foul language? THE IRONY OF YOU CALLING SOMEONE “DUMB ASS” KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BAN AND BAN(D) BEFORE YOU CALL YA SELF CHECKING ME!!!!!! BAWHHHHHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

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alphakira
2 years 6 months ago

You thinking rationally has LeBron playing on a team without Bosh or Wade and him being happy doing so? Why exactly would he be so loyal to the Heat when he wasn’t even loyal to his home team that drafted him?

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ThePhoenix
2 years 6 months ago

No one else comment. The please stop is enough. Do not support writing like this.

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$20509373
2 years 6 months ago

On the bright side, all the Heat fans will be able to dig up their old Cavs gear.

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Dee
2 years 6 months ago

LeBron won his titles, and I think he could win one with the Cavs.. If Bynum stau healthy well that would be scary gor the NBA, but I think all this is deeper to LeBron.. His wife said that Miami was a place to vacation not to raise kids.. She & the kids would be a huge factor in all of this.. All her family is in Ohio, and they always go back in the offseason.. 2014 will be interesting..

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Bryan
2 years 6 months ago

I agree Dee. If LBJ wins another title next year, what a perfect cap on an amazing career to come back to the city of Cleveland and help them raise their first banner. He would go down as maybe the greatest player in history. And the story lines and news coverage would be huge…Mike Brown, Dan Gilbert…Lebron makes things right in Cleveland. The publicity and the chance to atone for the only real black mark on his career might be too much to pass up

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Kyle
2 years 6 months ago

Not gonna happen. LeBron is staying in Miami, he just won back to back championships there.

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BANDWAGON
2 years 6 months ago

you do realise he is gonna want money right? he took a huge paycut to play in Miami. Pretty sure he’s not gonna take another paycut when his contract expires.

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BrettHD
2 years 6 months ago

Dude if you knew how the system works, you’d realize that he gets more money and an extra year if he resigns with the heat.

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alphakira
2 years 6 months ago

Because money mattered so much when he signed for less than he could have received in Chicago, NY, NJ, Dallas, or Cleveland…right?

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pb1
2 years 6 months ago

look at the state and city tax rate for Cleveland ohio, then look at Miami. Miami is zero. LeBron made 65mm last yr so he saved approx. 6 million in taxes, I figure his monthly burn rate is right around there so he gets to live for free. he gets to keep much more of his money living in fl. regardless of a smaller contract he still makes more than living in ny, boston, Cleveland, LA

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Jason Lang
2 years 6 months ago

He did not take a huge payola cut he took around 8-10 million dollars over the course of 6 years less but that money is made up with the lack of state income tax in Florida so shut the fuck up you ignorant retard

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bizzmoneyb
2 years 6 months ago

i have a real hard time believing he would ever play for Dan Gilbert again. “guaranteeing”that the Cavs would win a championship before the “self appointed King” just wasnt very smart. and just incase you forgot, its Lebron – 2, Cavs – 0. shouldnt of burned that bridge dummy!!!

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phocracker
2 years 6 months ago

even if lebron wins this year, it still would make sense to go to the cavs. they got great players on rookie contracts and they got bynum/kyrie. the heat, after next year, will probably resign wade and maybe bosh. wades been on the decline, isn’t a star anymore and in 3 years hes gonna be shit. now, u cant just think 3 years ahead. u gotta think 6-7 years ahead. would u really want a wade 6 years from now on your team and taking 11-12 million of your cap space? even if bosh goes, thats ONE extra star you… Read more »

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BK
2 years 6 months ago

LeBron is going back to the Cavs and Carmelo to the Lakers. It just makes too much sense.

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Glen
2 years 6 months ago

Actually it makes no sense. James won’t return to Cleveland until he’s almost ready to retire.

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mohammed
2 years 6 months ago

i dont believe this lol. and i dont think so my lakers will get him either

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Chris Costa
2 years 6 months ago

not going to happen!! the cavs cant even make it in the playoffs and the heat just won their second championship. people got there heads up there asses if the believe lebron is going to leave a dynasty in the making to a shitty team and a city that hates him. then the money thing lebron is set for life with all the money he”s going to make in future as the GOAT

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Benjamin Oliver
2 years 6 months ago

No offense but the Heat where a “shitty team” before LBJ and Bosh got there. He can easily make any team in the top 16 at least serious contenders and I think he gets that now. You put him on the Spurs,Warriors, Bulls,Pacers ex, and they win the finals last season not the Heat. It’s that simple he’s a franchise changer.

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boss
2 years 6 months ago

Do u not know they were rebuilding u dummy lol whats the point of winning and u want to be drafting smh u fool and when u know u have no shot at a chip at the moment lol I sware people say some of the dumbest shizz

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