LeBron James will be watching the NBA Draft intently tonight as basketball teams decide the stars they want to pick and mould for the future.
The reason the four-time league MVP and still current-Miami Heat player will be watching with such steely eyes is because it might make his mind up on where he wants to play during the 2014/15 NBA season.
James decided to opt out
LeBron this week decided to opt out of his Miami Heat contract and test free agency, with the decision confirmed on Tuesday via several news outlets.
In the short-term, the move could be seen as just a power move by LeBron as he puts intense pressure on the Heat to make big acquisitions during the off season. Miami went down to a 4-1 NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this month, and this has left a bitter taste in the mouth of James, who wants to dearly add to his two NBA titles.
Testing free agency
But some say that LeBron's actions this week signify that he will actually move on from the Heat all together. James has made the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons with Miami but come the end of the month he will become an official free agent.
When LeBron originally moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Heat back in 2010, a TV show by ESPN called The Decision was aired with the basketball star announcing his decision live on air.
Something similar is likely later this summer, and one of the places he's predicted to go to is his old 'home' with the Cavaliers.
This is where the 2014 NBA Draft which starts at 8pm ET tonight comes in. The Cavs have the first overall pick and a good selection filled with promise might be the thing that tips the scales the way of Cleveland in the free agent race for the big man.
Who would impress LeBron?
Jabari Parker is one of the players that Cleveland could well pick up with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft tonight. The small forward would be a great acquisition for the Cavaliers, and the former Duke forward would likely strike up an outstanding link-up if LeBron did decide to return 'home'.
For now nobody knows where James will end up for sure. But if he does leave, expect a decision like the below in 2010.
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