LeBron James refused to be drawn on his Miami Heat future in the aftermath of the franchise's Game Five defeat to the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night.
The 104-87 loss consigned the Heat to defeat in the NBA Finals series, and with it the team's hopes of securing three-successive titles.
James spoke to the media in the aftermath of the game, with the subject of his future high on the agenda after the humbling events of the past week or so.
The four-time MVP has the option to opt-out of his current deal with the Miami Heat and seek to continue his NBA career at a new franchise should he feel obliged to enter free-agency, but as yet James has not revealed publicly what he plans to do in the coming weeks.
And that wasn't about to change Sunday evening:
"Me and my team will sit down and deal with it," LeBron explained.
"I love Miami. My family loves it. But obviously right now that's not even what I'm thinking about."
With James having been mentioned as a possible recruit for the likes of the LA Lakers and New York Knicks in recent times, it goes without saying that reporters did not simply accept the player's initial response:
"You guys are trying to find answers," came James' response as he continued to avoid the question:
"I'm not going to give you one. I'm just not going to give it to you. When I get to that point, I'll deal with it."
Having seen their team offer a surprisingly lack lustre defense of their NBA title in the past few weeks, the future of James (alongside that of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade) will be of great interest the Heat fans and his reluctance to commit himself to the team going forward may be a source of some concern.
The player himself however is doing what all pros in his position would do. It would be foolish of him not to take his time to consider the options available to him now that he has the chance to focus solely on off the field matters with the NBA campaign officially at an end.
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