The Miami Heat ‘s 2012-2013 season will not be effected by LeBron James’ potential free agency in 2014.
Recently ESPN’s Brian Windhorst wrote a piece on ESPN.com claiming that the Los Angeles Lakers will be aiming for James in the summer of 2014. A few unnamed NBA executives claim that James will most likely want a max contract in 2014 no matter how good the Heat are over the next two years. All of which can become distractions for James and the Heat as they set to defend their title.
It can easily become like James’ last two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The press can shower James with all the questions of what he will do if he decides to become a free agent in 2014.
That won’t happen with this team though.
Unlike when he was on the Cavs, James is not the “head honcho” because he is not the only leader on this team, and he may not even be the most respected player on this team. In Cleveland James was the team’s captain, that is not the case in Miami. Team captains Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have already made comments in reply to the recent speculation.
“Oh and y’all can stop wit dis Bron playin in LA talk. Dat man dade county certified. Once 305 always 305! U can put da house one dat!” Haslem tweeted in response to the story.
“They can go ahead and leave my teammate alone. He’s staying here,” Wade said after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
James did not have such a luxury in Cleveland. He had fans, management, and some teammates that pressed him to stay but none of those people were two-time NBA champions and the co-captains of the team.
Yet and still James will ultimately decide where he will play when he opts out of his contract in 2014. I’ll place bets on a return to Cleveland or possibly making his way to the Barclays center playing for the Brooklyn Nets but either way it won’t affect the Heat this season.