In the 2010 offseason, LeBron James changed the course of history in the NBA.
James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who left the Toronto Raptors, with the Miami Heat. Since then, the Heat have won the Eastern Conference Championship four times and are attempting to win the NBA Title for the third consecutive season. Of course, after suffering a second consecutive blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Heat now trail 3-1.
Many believe the lack of production James’ teammates have had in the Finals could have an impact on James’ future – he can exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent in July.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, whether or not the Heat come back to win won’t affect James’ future.
The Miami Heat would have to make history to come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit, but the future of their best player doesn’t hinge on that happening.
The Heat’s success or failure in these Finals will not affect LeBron James’ decision on whether to opt out of his contract by the end of this month, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
James and the Heat would be the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit and come back and win a title. This is the 32nd time the Finals have been 3-1 after four games.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game during the regular season and is going for 27.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game during the postseason.