Miami, FL, United States (NewsBahn) – Despite advancing to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, LeBron James was understandably frustrated his Miami Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the recently concluded series.
LeBron initially said he wasn’t looking ahead at what changes the team should make, but later indicated otherwise.
“I’m not even nowhere near at that point,” James said at Sunday’s press conference. “You know, we went to four straight Finals in four years. You know, we’re not discrediting what we were able to accomplish in these four years.”
LeBron, who can opt out of his deal this summer or next along with fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, did shift gears and look ahead to next season eventually though in the presser.
“The whole league continues to get better every single year,” James said. “Obviously we would need to get better from every facet, every position. It’s just how the league works.
It will have to happen as well, as Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, James Jones, Rashard Lewis, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Toney Douglas and Shane Battier all have expiring contracts, with the latter retiring.
Norris Cole has a guaranteed dead at $2.15 million next season and Justin Hamilton has a non-guaranteed pact for $816,482, according to the Miami Herald.
Fan favorite Udonis Haslem will return at either his $4.6 million player option or a longer-term deal if the team and forward can work it out.