NBA Rumors: LeBron James’ Teammates Believe He’ll Stay In Miami

NBA Rumors: LeBron James’ Teammates Believe He’ll Stay In Miami


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With a number of big-name players having the option to become unrestricted free agents this summer, many have speculated about the immediate future of the biggest name potentially set to hit the free agent market.

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Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James is working on winning his third consecutive NBA title with the Miami Heat. Although LeBron has taken his game to another level in Miami while racking up the milestones and career achievements, there’s still no indication whether he’ll stay in Miami or test the free agent waters for a second time.

All signs point to LeBron staying in Miami for obvious reasons, but with the Cleveland Cavaliers recently winning the NBA draft lottery once again, his former team may have improved their chances of bringing him back for a second stint in Cleveland.

According to Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report, LeBron’s teammates in Miami would be surprised if he left via free agency this summer:

Mostly, though, I’ll be surprised because some of those closest to him will be surprised. That includes his teammates, those with whom he’s spent most of his time for the past eight months, those with whom he tends to communicate most freely. They haven’t wanted to touch this topic on the record, at least not honestly and completely, but some have privately pooh-poohed—even eye-rolled—the “leaving” chatter for months. They continued to do so even after Cleveland won the lottery on Tuesday.

Along with LeBron having an early-termination option, fellow teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can also terminate their contracts early and test free agency. Bosh seems to be the only one of the three that might leave Miami, but even that may be a stretch.

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If LeBron does become a free agent this summer, the Cavs will definitely be in play with the team having a solid young core of players starting with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. The addition of LeBron would instantly make the Cavs a legitimate title contender in the Eastern Conference with the prospect of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid also joining the likes of LeBron, Irving and Dion Waiters in Cleveland.

It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out if the Heat are eliminated by the Indiana Pacers or lose in the NBA Finals, but as of right now, not many are convinced that LeBron will be leaving Miami anytime soon.
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  • taikens8

    Who cares!!!!!!

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    I thought this was Lakers Nation not Heat Nation I could not care less about the Miami Heat ill be a laker fan forever

  • Klins

    LOL HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.I didn’t even notice LeBron James until my phone notified me of this news.Oh HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

  • Kïd Špłãšh

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  • ra

    I ‘think’ the relevance to Lakers Nation was a previous thought that LeBron might want to come to LA when he becomes a Free Agent.

    In fact, it was thought at one time that if he didn’t win a Championship in Miami this year, he would consider only 2 destinations if he decided to leave: Cleveland, and LA.

    The only draw he would have coming here is the following: 1) he could work with Kobe, as a playing partner, in getting a Championship with Kobe. 2) it’s the Lakers – who wouldn’t want to work here. 3) after Kobe’s last years, the Lakers could build their franchise around LeBron, 4) it’s a large market with a great media outlet – he could transition into Hollywood easily if he wanted to 5) the Lakers know (knew?) how to take care of their stars. (more likely when Jerry Buss was around).

    Not sure if any of these are strong enough to bring LeBron here. He’s got a good thing in Miami. And why on earth would he return to Cleveland? Just because they got a great draft pick this year? Because Johnny Football is playing down the street? Is it really Hot in Cleveland? No, not really.

    He’s staying in Miami (fun & sun & partying, etc.). There will be no shortage of players who want to go to Miami and help him win another Championship.

    Or, to again bring it back to the relevance to Lakers Nations — He “ain’t” coming to LA, anytime soon.

    • LakerLore

      The only draw we could have had was a blank slate. If Nash retired and the Kobe extension was put off until the summer we could have offered LeBron everything. A max contract, pick of the next head coach, a chance to play with Melo, and to be the face of the Lakers. We could have offered “The King” a chance at immortality. But we hitched our wagon to Kobe instead.

  • $20509373

    It’s not like he was going to come here. That dream is dead.