5 Reasons Why LeBron James Won’t Leave Miami Heat After Opt-Out

5 Reasons Why LeBron James Isn't Going Anywhere

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LeBron James has opted out of his Miami Heat contract to become and unrestricted free agent. Many people are probably thinking 'here we go again,' but the safe bet at this point is that there won't be a Decision II or any of that nonsense.

LBJ is staying in South Beach, and here are five reasons why:

5. He's Openly Talked About His Like For Miami

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5. He's Openly Talked About His Like For Miami

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Just a few months ago James was saying that he couldn't see himself playing anywhere but Miami. Yes, things can change. But what has really changed? The Heat lost in the Finals after two straight titles. So what? Magic John played in nine NBA Finals and 'only' won five of them.

4. Miami Is An Attractive Free Agent Destination

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4. Miami Is An Attractive Free Agent Destination

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Even if the Heat fail to completely re-tool this offseason, there will be star free agents headed to South Beach at some point in the near future. It's just too good of a landing spot for there not be stars there, especially if they know they can play alongside the BITW.

3. Best Place For His Legacy At This Point

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3. Best Place For His Legacy At This Point

2014 NBA Finals - Game Three

Since a return to Cleveland seems very unlikely, James is best served to stay with Miami. He's already started a championship legacy there, so why completely change directions now?

2. Heat Just Made Four Straight Finals

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2. Heat Just Made Four Straight Finals

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For crying out loud, you'd think the Heat just got bounced in the first round by the way some people are acting. Even after getting throttled by the Spurs, Miami is still favored to win it all again next season. Why would LeBron walk away from something so good?

1. Pat Riley

June 19, 2014; Steve Mitchell: Pat Riley's strong words should resonate with the Heat's Big Three.
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1. Pat Riley

June 19, 2014; Steve Mitchell: Pat Riley's strong words should resonate with the Heat's Big Three.

Above all else, Pat Riley's presence will keep James in South Beach. Without him, there'd be a solid chance of LBJ leaving town. But with an all-time great basketball mind running the show, who also knows what it takes to get the mountain top, it's going to be hard for James to walk way. Heck, I wouldn't put it past Riles to not allow LeBron to leave.

"No, LeBron. You're staying with the Miami Heat because I said so."

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