LeBron James will have the option to leave the Miami Heat and join another team in 2014 if he chooses to utilize the early termination clause in his contract.
While it’s unlikely that we’ll see a reoccurrence of “The Decision,” it’s a foregone conclusion that there will be at least a dozen teams positioning themselves to make a run for James’ services. And one of those teams, multiple media reports suggest, appears to be the Los Angeles Lakers.
Several teams’ executives have told ESPN.com they believe the Lakers are positioning themselves to make a run at LeBron James in 2014, when the Miami Heat star can choose to become a free agent.
“It’s not a mistake that all those deals end the same year Kobe’s does. They have probably been planning for their next phase for a while,” said one general manager. “The Busses and [Lakers GM] Mitch [Kupchak] are always thinking about the next big deal.”
Of course, so is every other team. Good franchises plan for the future and position themselves to make these kinds of deals, and if you remember, that’s how LeBron James and Chris Bosh ended up with the Heat in the first place.
James, for his part, downplayed the rumors and said he is happy in Miami.
“I’m here now,” James told the AP.
Wait, here NOW? What about later! What does it mean!?
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Will LeBron James be a Laker in 2014? [via BetOnline]