Miami Heat forward LeBron James has refused to talk about his future throughout the season.
Obviously, there is no reason for James to discuss his future now when he has bigger things on his mind as his Heat try to win their third straight NBA Championship. However, the second the season ends, James’ future will become the center of attention. James has an Early Termination Option on his current contract so he can decide to opt of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent
Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News argues that there is no reason for James to opt out.
That will especially be true if Miami secures a third straight title in the coming days. With one more ring in James’ collection, it will make more sense for him to stay right where he is and recruit free agents to help him compete for more titles. Who wouldn’t want to relocate to South Beach and play with the best player on the planet, and for a team president, Pat Riley, with a track record for building winners?
You’d rather join ’em than fight ’em, as Indiana found out while losing for the third straight playoff season to the Heat. For the Pacers, this is exactly what the Knicks faced in the 1990s, a point that was driven home by Frank Vogel after his team was routed in the close-out game in Miami.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in the regular season and is averaging 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game in the postseason.