With the Miami Heat on the brink of elimination in the 2014 NBA Finals, the speculation is starting to run rampant about LeBron James’ immediate future. Most believed LeBron would stay in Miami, but now with the Heat no longer looking invincible, uncertainty looms.
Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets appears convinced that LeBron will head elsewhere. Parsons made an appearance on SportsNation on Friday and said he thinks LeBron is leaving Miami because he’s done all he can do there, but also thinks the Los Angeles Lakers won’t be where he lands next season.
Even though the Heat are on the verge of being eliminated in the Finals, anything can happen moving forward. Although no team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, it is still too early to close the book on LeBron and company.
If the Heat ultimately do lose to the Spurs, it’d be safe to assume that drastic changes may be on the horizon in Miami. LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all have the ability to opt out of their contracts this summer and may elect to do so as the result of losing in the Finals for the second time in four years.
LeBron will obviously be the biggest name on the NBA free agent market if he does opt out and many have speculated that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a possible destination, but the Lakers and New York Knicks could also take a run at signing the superstar.
A rumor did surface earlier this week that the Lakers are putting their coaching search on hold with the prospect of potentially signing LeBron or Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Although it appears to be long shot that the Lakers would have a dog in the fight if LeBron became available, the storied franchise will likely still try and pitch four-time NBA MVP.
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