Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts to a call during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James Opts Out Of His Contract – Let The Idiocy Begin Now!


It’s official: unable to stomach Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and the 2014 NBA Draft being the focus of basketball fans everywhere, LeBron James has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, making him an unrestricted free agent and the center of attention once again.

 

   

And to think I was ready to simply focus on the damn NBA Draft this week.   Plpht.

Now that King James has opted out, every sports reporter, blogger not named Richard Spalding, and delusional fan in the world will start spewing out obvious facts – James could still remain in Miami – statistics that sound important, but really are not – if LeBron re-signs with Heat, he can earn $127.7 million over 5 years max. If he signs elsewhere, he can earn $94.8 million over 4 years max - and a combination of plausible /  mostly ludicrous scenarios as to where he could wind up – he’s going back to Cleveland!

Shoot me now.

I give James at least this month credit: he didn’t make the world endure another Decision.  Still, if this move is designed to put pressure on Pat Riley to go out and spend a lot of cash on players that will help Miami get back to the NBA Finals, it strikes me as being a bit unnecessary.  Riley already knows what needs to be done, and besides, James had leverage over Riley to begin with: build me a team now, or I walk in 2015.

Yes, James’ move frees up some cap space for the Heat to play with, and if Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade follow suit, there will be even more wiggle room in Miami.  But seriously – why would the Heat even want to keep Wade and Bosh when they could trade them for some newer parts, or let them walk in free agency?

Eh – nothing I say really matters here.  James is an unrestricted free agent, so let the madness begin!

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