LeBron opts out
MIAMI (AP) – LeBron James is heading back to free agency.
James has told the Miami Heat he is opting out of the final two years of his contract, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither James nor the Heat announced the move.
It does not mean James is leaving the Heat, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be in a Miami uniform next season, either.
“There’s no other decision yet,” the person told AP.
James addressed the lure of having flexibility last week in his exit interview after the Heat lost to San Antonio in the NBA Finals.
“Being able to have flexibility as a professional, anyone, that’s what we all would like,” James said last week. “That’s in any sport, for a football player, a baseball player, a basketball player, to have flexibility and be able to control your future or your present. I have a position to be able to do that. … There’s a lot of times that you’re not in control of your future as a professional.”
The other two Miami stars with early termination options – Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – have not yet told the Heat or publicly revealed whether they will join James as free agents this summer. Bosh and James said last week that the three would meet before deciding anything about their respective futures.
Each signed six-year deals when they famously teamed up in Miami in 2010, and all of those deals came with options to become free agents either this summer or in the summer of 2015.