Does LeBron James' Soccer Dream Mean He is a Lock for Miami Heat?

By Shane Phillips

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is more than a professional basketball player and stellar athlete, he is a business man. His decision to take his talents to South Beach, join the Miami Heat and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in chronic depression was business.

So, with 2014 free agency looming around the corner, James’ decision once again will come down to business, except this time it won’t be over NBA titles and success.

 The league MVP’s latest venture isn’t a beverage commercial or a heart-felt bike ride through the streets of Miami, it’s a dive into the world of professional soccer.

James has been in touch with soccer icon David Beckham about bringing an MLS team to South Florida. Even though no plans have been finalized and talks are in the beginning stages, James has shown great interest in being a professional sports team owner.

So, what does this mean for the Heat?

Well, I would say it only boosts their chances of keeping the superstar in South Beach. It would make little sense for James to start a soccer team in Florida and then jet off to the west coast to join the Los Angeles Lakers. And let’s be honest, it’s highly unlikely James will go back to the cold weather and run down streets of Cleveland.

James has made quite an impression in South Florida and on the Heat organization. It is hard to imagine him leaving the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Miami.

You have to begin to think, if James and Beckham do bring a soccer team to South Beach, the Heat will not have to win a third straight championship to get James to stay, but they shouldn’t take any chances.

MLS team or not, Pat Riley will find a way to lock up James. After all, it will be one business man to another; the soccer team would just be some added insurance. Either way, Heat fans should feel very confident about 2014 free agency.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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