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All eyes on LeBron James, free agency 'decision' upon us

Howard, Rockets Recruiting LeBron-Melo

BY GLENN MINNIS
XN Sports

LeBron James took off for parts unknown earlier this week, presumably to rest his body and weigh his options in making the free agency decision that once again has the entire NBA on stand-by.

The 29-year-old, four-time league MVP has the option of being able to opt out of his Miami Heat deal this summer and speculation is building James is at least looking for certain assurances from Pat Riley and company before agreeing to remain in South Beach.


For one, James seems to have grown weary of his excessive work load. ESPN reports James played 400 more minutes than any other teammate this season and some 1,300 more than running mate Dwyane Wade, who in all missed 28 games this season and averaged the fewest minutes of any of his 11 NBA seasons.

"I haven't even begun to wrap my mind about it," James said of the possibility of actually testing the open market for the second time in four seasons. "I need to get away with my family before I start to think about what will happen next."

James readily admits both he and his family love Miami, but he's just as straight-forward in asserting some things still need to change.

"You want answers" James told reporters desperately trying to gauge what he might be thinking. "And I'm not going to give you one. I'm not going to give it to you."

Perhaps that has as much to do with the fact James hasn't entirely figured things out for himself as of yet. For one, even if he were to recommit to remaining in Miami today, he still can't be sure of about the makeup of the team he would be leading.

Like James, Wade and Chris Bosh can also become free agents and Shane Battier has already announced his retirement while Ray Allen is rumored to be still considering what he might come to do. There's also talk Chris "Birdman" Anderson plans to opt out of his deal.

And then, there's all the talk about how much Knicks free-agent-to-be star forward Carmelo Anthony wants to come to Miami and play with James and how the Big 3 of James, Wade and Bosh might all be willing to take less guaranteed money to make it all happen.

"There is a conversation that will be had between the three of us, I think that's only right," added James. "We've earned that for each other. I don't know what Dwyane right now is thinking. I don't know what Chris is thinking right now. We'll see what happens."

And all of Hoops Nation will be watching.

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tortugatommie June 19 2014 at 6:45 PM

Who cares what the buffoon does?

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billcdaly June 19 2014 at 7:03 PM

I lost respect for LeBron with his ESPN "look at me" special.
Hopefully we will be spared this again.
Maybe he should team up with Johnny Manziel - their egos deserve each other.

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jj June 19 2014 at 5:25 PM

All we care is the 2014 World Champions the San Antonio Spurs the Big 3; Duncan, Parker, Ginobili who stopped LeBrons, Wade Bosh. Spurs will Repeat.

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Spooky J June 19 2014 at 6:25 PM

He'll leave Miami for sure, he's a loser. He'll look for another team that is close to a championship and bail on Miami. That's why he can never be as great as Jordan, Johnson or Shaq. The didn't bail to win. They stayed or were traded. He will always be a quitter in my eyes, just like Melo.

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Shirley June 19 2014 at 7:41 PM

Once James learn that it takes more than one to win, then he will be a great player. The Spurs played team ball, that is why they won. GO SPURS

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bkworld4748 Shirley June 19 2014 at 11:14 PM

the spurs played team ball the year before and lost

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bodum40 bkworld4748 June 19 2014 at 11:52 PM

Very, very hard to win it all every year.

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James bkworld4748 June 20 2014 at 1:23 AM

Skill vs. luck. The heat were very lucky.

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gfornothing June 19 2014 at 5:42 PM

this is a big "who cares?"

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investigatorkch June 19 2014 at 5:37 PM

why would someone want him..............he can't handle pressure

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bnkshields June 19 2014 at 6:40 PM

I can't stand to look at the cry baby. And I don't give a **** where he goes, so long as it isn't Indiana.

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Coolhounds bnkshields June 19 2014 at 10:17 PM

or Cleveland

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James Coolhounds June 20 2014 at 1:26 AM

or San Antonio.

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rufus Coolhounds June 20 2014 at 10:11 AM

OR TO THE BUFFALO BILLS.

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skitch1962 June 19 2014 at 7:53 PM

Go to Mars, we here on Earth are sick of you!!!

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rjen164497 skitch1962 June 19 2014 at 8:05 PM

Take Obama with him.

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Lahela Way skitch1962 June 20 2014 at 1:59 AM

Anndd there goes the racism...thanks rjen!

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crusader626 Lahela Way June 20 2014 at 7:32 AM

why it racist? obama and rev wright church proved to all he's a racist and acorn. wake up, black don't get a free ride while whites get attack for every small thing, facts are facts. obamas background speaks the facts.

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dw4422 Lahela Way June 20 2014 at 11:19 AM

yes why is it racist to hate both Lebron and Nobama but not just James.....The only one happy about Nobama is Jimmy Carter as he has replaced him as the most inept President in history

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jgesselberty June 19 2014 at 6:48 PM

And we should all care, why?

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James jgesselberty June 20 2014 at 1:27 AM

Right..NOT!!

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