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Will LeBron James' frustration with Micky Arison lead to Miami Heat exit?

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LeBron James has so far refused to commit to the Miami Heat for another year, choosing instead to spend some time away from the game with his family in order to mull over the critical decision.

As such the Miami Heat faithful are none the wiser about whether they will be seeing the four-time MVP in the franchise's jersey again, or if he will be opt out and hit free agency.

Reports today however suggest there may be some bad blood between James and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison which could lead to James at least considering an exit.

A Bitter Taste

According to ESPN James remains upset that Arison has been reluctant to spend big in recent seasons.

Since recruiting the "Big Three", of which LeBron is a part of alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, back in 2010 it is fair to say that the willingness to recruit big has dwindled in favor of a frugal approach.

Prior to the most recent campaign Arison's major recruits came in the form of Greg Oden - a player devastated by injury throughout his career who saw minimal minutes - and Michael Beasley, who's contract was $1,027,424 during 2013-14.

Neither player added much to the Heat as they fell short of winning a third successive NBA title, a result that now leaves the future of James and his fellow big name players in doubt.

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Not Willing to Spend

Arison, who has been the owner of the Miami Heat since 1995 and overseen four consecutive runs to the NBA Finals, has also drawn criticism recently for an apparent unwillingness to consider keeping his famed trio on big contracts in Miami due to the tax hike it would incur.

In order for the Heat to maintain the core of their roster, as well as build for next season it would therefore require either LeBron, Wade or Bosh to take a significant cut in money - a point that is obviously never going to go down too well with those at the top of their game.

James could earn more money by opting out and heading for a new challenge at another franchise, will the Lakers and Knicks possible landing spots and this latest news will only add to speculation that his time with the Heat may be up.

Money Worries

As noted above however, the player himself is not willing to be drawn on speculation regarding his future at present and has revealed that he plans to sit down with both Wade and Bosh to assess their options.

And even if he is concerned with what some might see as a lack of ambition from Arison, James is not exactly strapped for cash at present.

Having brought in over $30 million from the recent Beats sale to Apple, whilst coming in at number 3 in the recent Forbes rich list, James could ease Arison's worries by accepting a pay cut to stay at the Heat - simultaneously freeing up salary space to recruit a higher calibre of player.

Whatever happens, one thing is for sure, the next few weeks are sure to be interesting down in Miami.

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LeBron James
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NBA

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