Is LeBron James Opting Out Of His Deal Really A Big Deal?
When LeBron James announced that he will opt out of his current contract with Miami Heat, the internet went wild with memories of James’ much publicized departure from Cleveland. However, opting out doesn’t necessarily mean that James has decided that he will be leaving the Heat. Rather, it allows him to test the water and figure out what the best option is for him to win another championship.
After the Heat were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, James was left with a lot to mull over. Getting to the NBA Finals for four consecutive years is far from the struggles that James experienced while in Cleveland. But the reality is that the Heat will have to make significant changes in order to compete for another title. With Dwyane Wade‘s body breaking down, this current Heat team doesn’t appear to be getting better. So what James will need to do is push the Heat front office to put the right pieces around him. Whether that means finding a way to land Carmelo Anthony or getting a few strong role players, the bottom line is that something has to be done.
If not, well, then James can explore what other teams have to offer.
Right now Heat fans shouldn’t panic. This won’t be the media circus that happened in 2010 when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Wade in Miami. It wasn’t that much of a surprise to Pat Riley that James would opt out. But, then again, it wasn’t all that much of a surprise to Phil Jackson that Carmelo Anthony would become a free agent after a frustrating tenure with the New York Knicks.
It’s all about flexibility and James has it. Will he be able to find a better situation than the one he had in Miami? That will certainly be a challenge. Teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets have some interesting pieces for James should he decide to go there. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin anchor the Clippers while the Rockets have James Harden and Dwight Howard. Both options could be compelling for James.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers are looking to find a way to bring both James and Anthony to their respective teams. It’s going to be something to keep an eye on, but there are so many things that have to come together in order to see James depart Miami.
There’s just no reason for Heat fans to be concerned…yet.