After the crushing disappointment of losing in the NBA Finals, LeBron James is taking some time away from everything before making any decisions about his future with the Miami Heat.
The 29-year old is undoubtedly the best player in the league and won’t be short of offers going into the free agency period, but for now nothing is for certain.
“It’s hard to say anything right now,” James said in a press conference. “Everyone is going through their own emotions right now, everyone deals with it a little differently. For me i keep my head high and understand the position i’ve been able to put myself and this team in since i got here.”
The Big Three
With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also coming into free agency period this year along with James, a lot of decisions are going to have to be made by the trio as to what they want to do this season. Unlike normal free agency, all three’s futures are basically intrinsically linked with each other and what they want to do.
James, Wade and Bosh each have two seasons and at least $40 million remaining on the contracts they signed in 2010. "There is a conversation that will be had between the three of us, I think that's only right," James said. "We've earned that for each other. I don't know what Dwyane right now is thinking. I don't know what Chris is thinking right now. We'll see what happens."
The thing at the moment however is that despite all three of the stars being on the same salary, it is only James that performed well in the five game mauling against the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the month. Wade averaged 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in the series against the Spurs. He shot just 43.8 percent from the field. Bosh was as poor as his counterpart and at the moment neither look worthy of being on the same pay-grade as LBJ.
Should all three players bypass their opt-out clause, they would account for more than $61 million of salary cap that is projected to be about $63 million next season. That means Miami, which could have as many as 14 of its 15 players enter free agency next month, would have to scrape the barrel to bring in role players for the side with Ray Allen potentially retiring and others looking set to leave.
The Decision v2.0
After deciding to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, James courted much controversy for the way he went about moving to Miami. James made his decision during a television special on ESPN that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and he still receives a lot of stick for it to this day. If he has learnt anything then there will be no repeat performance of that television spectacle.
You can check out that 'The Decision' interview here...