John Canzano of the Oregonian is reporting that LeBron James would like to sign a short-term contract with the Miami Heat, which is believed to potentially be a one or two-year deal. If this report is true, it would be a brilliant move by James.
At 29 years old, LeBron still has a ton of NBA basketball left in him. Signing a one or two-year contract with Miami gives James a bunch of options. He can squeeze any juice out that Dwyane Wade has left in his knees while continuing pursuit with Chris Bosh of another championship in Miami. The Heat will likely have the ability to build a championship-caliber roster for the next two seasons, even if LeBron is making max-money annually.
This potential contract also allows James to sign one more massive, long-term deal at the age of 31. No doubt he will consider re-signing in Miami when that time rolls around, but there will be even more teams lining up for LeBron than there are right now. If James agrees to a short-term contract, you can bet that teams will start structuring their salary cap to make a run at LeBron two summers from now.
A short-term deal with Miami would make James, the NBA, NBA fans and even the Heat major winners. LeBron will be in line for another lucrative contract and fans get to enjoy the daily rumors. South Beach gets to enjoy LeBron for at least another year or two, and even after that, there is no guarantee he would leave Miami. LeBron’s thinking here gives him a ton of options for the future.