Commentary: Will LeBron Test Free Agency or Stay With the Heat?

LeBron James

Commentary: Will LeBron Test Free Agency or Stay With the Heat?

The Miami Heat star has another “decision” to make.

Published June 23, 2014

LeBron, LeBron, LeBron…what are you gonna do, man?

No question is getting discussed as much as this one, but no question is as tired as this one is either. From the moment LeBron James made “The Decision,” the hoops world was already obsessed with what his second decision would be.

Well, it’s second-decision time and the 29-year-old LeBron, two NBA titles and a fistful of MVP awards on his resume, can make another career move. His options are plentiful.

He can opt out of his max contract with the Miami Heat; he can play out the final year of his Miami deal; or he can agree to extend his Miami deal.

For LeBron, the latter won’t be an option he’ll pick.

The first two, however, are possibilities, and of those two, opting out is the most intriguing to hoops fans, sports talking heads and sportswriters who cover the NBA.

It was the question that everyone wanted LeBron to answer as he sat dejectedly in front of a national TV audience Sunday night after the Heat had relinquished their NBA crown to the San Antonio Spurs.

While people expressed some interest in how the Heat lost, they cared more about what LeBron might leak about his plans for his NBA future. He was as cryptic about those plans in June 2014 as he was the last time he faced free agency back while with Cleveland in May 2010.

He’ll be as hot a commodity now as he was then.

For even in defeat, LeBron James proved he was still the best of his era. He did as much as one man could to carry Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat to their third championship in a row.

Unlike in winning their second title in 2013, the Heat didn’t benefit from having the better team – the Spurs – gift them a championship.

A three-peat would have been another brick to add to his legacy, another brick to help LeBron James build a belief in people’s minds that he’s greater than Michael Jordan, a harder title to defend even if LeBron had three-peated.

Yet at 29, LeBron has wonderful years ahead of him. The Jordan thing might elude him, but chasing the Jordan mystique won’t matter if LeBron can pile up more championships.  

Besides, mystiques and legacies are for a later time in an athlete’s life. And it’s also for other people to decide.

All those other people care about now, all those other people are talking about, is what will LeBron James do.

So, LeBron: Are you staying in Miami or going?

The decision is yours, but inquiring minds like Carmelo Anthony still want to know.

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Written by Justice B. Hill


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