LeBron James making the decision to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat should not be a surprise, especially since it comes a day after Tim Duncan announced his decision to opt in to his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. James is obviously trying to stay ahead of the game with his latest chess move.
With Duncan returning next year, the Spurs are automatically championship contenders, and James’ latest decision shows his concern for next season’s possible “three-match”. The Heat’s president Pat Riley put together a ten-minute press conference of rambling last week that seemed to be aimed at James. Riley urged whoever he was talking to that they should stay and work through the difficult times, not run away from the situation.
It has yet to be seen if this is a ploy by James to draw some new talent in or another disappearing act like the one witnessed in Cleveland back in 2010. He can still re-sign with the Heat for less money in an attempt to bring in a notable name like Carmelo Anthony, who also chose to opt out of his contract recently.
Teams are sure to be poised and ready to offer a pitch to why they will be able to give James the best chance to defeat San Antonio next year, and that is sure to grab his attention. As James looks at Miami’s roster, he knows they do not have the pieces to go toe-to-toe with the Spurs. With the ageless Duncan coming back and the team sure to make the right moves (as they always do), James has some heavy options to consider.