Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Miami Heat superstar LeBron James says he has “absolutely no idea” about whether he will avail the free agency option in 2014.
James, who could headline next year’s bumper crop of free agents, also said he would love to spend the rest of his career with the Heat.
While he describes the Heat as a great team and a great organization that will continue to compete for championships, he admits he doesn’t know what may happen from now to the end of the season.
“That’s the nature of the business. It’s the nature of not knowing what tomorrow brings,” James said.
To drive his point, he referred to the legendary Bulls of the nineties who eventually broke up after winning 6 championships.
“I mean, as a kid, I never thought the Bulls would break up. Never. If you’d of told me as a kid that [Michael] Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen wouldn’t play together for the rest of their lives, I’d have looked at you crazy. And Phil Jackson wouldn’t be the coach? I’d have looked at you crazy,” James quipped.
Several other superstars, including New York’s Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and James’ Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, also could be on the market.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, are believed to be the Heat’s stiffest competition when it comes to acquiring him in 2014. The Lakers, meanwhile, could have enough salary cap room to sign two max free agents next summer.
James said he will try to stop discussion about free agency as he owes it to himself, his teammates and the Heat to stay focused.
“As a leader, I’m not even going to let that side of the business get me unfocused on what I’m trying to do and that’s trying to win another championship,” he quipped.
But Heat president Pat Riley would prefer his superstar make that statement sooner rather than later.
“We haven’t discussed it yet, but we will. I’ll tell him the main thing is to make sure the main thing remains the main thing. And the main thing is to win the championship,” said Riley.