LeBron James Smart to Opt Out of Current Miami Heat Contract

By Kareem Gantt
LeBron James, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Instead of worrying about all the drama, LeBron James is with his family in the Caribbean, frolicking in the warm ocean with his wife and his kid after a tough NBA Finals defeat just a couple of weeks ago. LeBron’s agent broke the news to Miami Heat fans: The King is opting out of the last two years of his contract to become a free agent.

Now, you are probably thinking that this means very little, and you would be right. It was wise for LeBron to opt out of his deal because the Heat team surrounding him is simply not good enough anymore to compete for championships. Faced with limited cap space, and the team needing better, younger players, it would had been crazy if LeBron opted in to the reaming two years of his contract.

But there is the other side of the argument as well: LeBron opting out is a telling sign that he is not satisfied with the current team in Miami and that he wants out of South Beach, and you would be right as well. LeBron has what few free agents in sports have right now — the opportunity to play wherever he wants. LeBron has extraordinary leverage, and can dictate his own destiny to get the right team that he wants. For LeBron to give up that leverage by opting in would be foolish on his part. When you have achieved that status, you take advantage of it.

Now that LeBron has decided to become a free agent, the summer of 2014 is shaping up to be a very interesting one indeed. The biggest name in the game is now out there for the taking. The only question remains is: which team will be lucky enough to get him?

Kareem Gantt is an NBA writer for Rant Sports. For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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