Before LeBron James embarks on the second biggest period of free agency he’s endured in his career, the Miami Heat superstar will go on a family vacation to clear his mind before making a decision.
LeBron said he will get away with his family on vacation in coming days and then decide how to approach his option.
— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 17, 2014
Like in 2010, no one besides LeBron knows what LeBron is going to do. Staying in Miami makes the most sense as long as Pat Riley is able to revamp the reserve unit and fix the point guard and center position. Cleveland has the family aspect along with a group of youthful pieces that could draw the four-time MVP back home. New York? Los Angeles? Both are phenomenal places, but they lack the foundation to immediately contend for a championship. The Clippers would fit nicely, but as long as Donald Sterling is still owner that’s out of the question. The Rockets offer the opportunity to join Dwight Howard and James Harden, replicating the Big 3 he’d be walking way from.
The options for James are in abundance and all eyes will be on him until he makes his decision. Why? Because he’s the best player in the NBA and his decision to remain in Miami or bolt elsewhere could shake up the landscape of the NBA. Remaining in Miami keeps that franchise in the drivers seat for representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Chicago could be a threat to their spot if Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony is added. The Indiana Pacers, despite their whimsical efforts, are still a huge threats also, but outside of those two clubs, there’s no one else to threaten the Heat’s road to the Finals. But if he chooses to go West, that’d make whatever team he goes to instant championship favorites while leaving an entire conference wide open in a way similar to the NBA during the early 2000s.
But for now, while James clears his mind and gets a much needed rest, we wait.