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LeBron James To Opt Out Of Miami Heat Contract, Become Free Agent
Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2014 | Tony Manfred

Posted on 06/24/2014 8:46:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

LeBron James will exercise the early termination option in his contract with the Miami Heat, becoming an unrestricted free agent, his agent told ESPN's Chris Broussard. It doesn't necessarily mean that he's leaving Miami.

By opting out, he can sign a new five-year maximum contract with the Heat. If he left Miami, he could only get a four-year deal with a slightly lower annual salary. The difference between staying and leaving is $33 million.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: basketball; lebronjames; miamiheat; nba
For basketball fans only...

You don't have to post if you don't care.

1 posted on 06/24/2014 8:46:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Carmelo Anthony did the same for the New York Knicks two days ago.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 8:47:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Once Sterling is gone...the Clippers?

Someone was willing to pony up $2 BILLION for that team.


3 posted on 06/24/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

Why should I care? Just kidding.

Please don’t let him come to OKC!


4 posted on 06/24/2014 8:52:23 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

He would look good in Celtic Green, but I’d still hate him.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 8:56:00 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: demshateGod
Please don’t let him come to OKC!

The Thunder are one player away from a championship!

6 posted on 06/24/2014 8:57:48 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind

My guess is Wade and Bosh will also opt out, and the Big Three will restructure their contracts to stay in Miami and bring another star player and some decent backups. I really don’t see LBJ leaving Miami.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 9:03:14 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s no “LeBron” in “Team”


8 posted on 06/24/2014 9:08:55 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LaYawn.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 9:11:57 AM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: FatherofFive

Yeah, his name is James Harden.


10 posted on 06/24/2014 9:15:10 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod
Yeah, his name is James Harden.

Hated to see him go. He can't be happy in Houston. Except for the millions he makes.

11 posted on 06/24/2014 9:19:06 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: demshateGod; FatherofFive

RE: Yeah, his name is James Harden.

He WAS in OKC. Won 6th man of the year there too.

They traded him to Houston, where he currently plays with Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin.


12 posted on 06/24/2014 9:20:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Steve Ballmer is very happy.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 9:29:57 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: SeekAndFind

My prediction: No team with Anthony on their team will ever win a championship. He is poison.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 9:36:26 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think James will sign a new, lower salary contract like what Tim Duncan did in San Antonio in order to open up salary cap space to bring in younger, experienced players to bolster the Miami Heat bench.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 9:36:37 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think he’ll re-sign with Miami, go to one of the L.A. teams, or go to NY. He’s a big fish and I think he wants to be in a big pond. I don’t think Cleveland or Houston are big enough for him. JMHO.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 9:44:54 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Veggie Todd

“I think he’ll re-sign with Miami, go to one of the L.A. teams”

If it’s the Lakers the league will likely put the kibosh on it.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 9:50:14 AM PDT by ScottfromNJ
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To: IndyTiger

This is the most likely scenario, imho.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 9:55:57 AM PDT by Fuzz
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To: Dr. Thorne
No team with Anthony on their team will ever win a championship.

Didn't the Olympic US Men's Basketball team have him on it? They all won gold in London 2 years ago.


19 posted on 06/24/2014 10:01:06 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: ScottfromNJ

LeBron won’t be coming to the Lakers, unless pigs are seeing flying..if he ever did consider it, the NBA would veto it, like they vetoed the deal that screwed us out of CP3


20 posted on 06/24/2014 10:08:20 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ScottfromNJ; Sarah Barracuda
If it’s the Lakers the league will likely put the kibosh on it.

I'm just a casual NBA fan, so I'm a little uneducated about this. Why would the league stop him going to the Lakers?

21 posted on 06/24/2014 10:16:21 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It would be free agency, not a trade. The league has no say in that. Also remember CP3 was being traded from a team that was “owned” by the league at the time, gave them even more veto power than they usually have on trades.


22 posted on 06/24/2014 10:18:10 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: Veggie Todd

The same reason why the NBA nixed the deal sending CP3 to the Lakers..they didnt want the Lakers to become a championship team again..you would have had Kobe+Chris Paul+Dwight Howard(Eventually that would have happened) and the NBA didnt want it to happen..David Stern is a Socialist, he had once said that he doesn’t think its right for one NBA team to keep on winning, that every team deserves a “Right” to win a title..he doesn’t want Kobe to get his six ring


23 posted on 06/24/2014 10:20:44 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: discostu

Yeah but the trade the Lakers were offering was a good deal, Stern just didn’t want it to happen.also Dan Gilbert from Cleveland was objecting to the trade too, acted like a big baby about it


24 posted on 06/24/2014 10:24:20 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: IndyTiger
I really don't see LBJ leaving Miami

Isn't Sierra pregnant again? If she likes Miami, that would be new.

25 posted on 06/24/2014 10:27:14 AM PDT by grania
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To: Sarah Barracuda

That’s not why they nixed the trade. It was bad timing, the league had just gone through all kinds of rules tweaks trying to get a system in place that would stop making it so the big teams get all the big players. Then before the ink was even dry a deal comes up that will once again send a big players from a small team to a big team, thus completely invalidating everything Stern said he was trying to accomplish. Stern couldn’t have the league run team show his pet project had failed, so he invalidated it (the pathetic part is the guys negotiating the trade were in the same building as Stern, with him being against it it never should have been made public). Stern is gone, Silver hasn’t shown any concern over big teams getting bigger.


26 posted on 06/24/2014 10:27:26 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It was a good deal, but it went against things Stern said he had accomplished, that could not be allowed to happen, not involving a team that Stern functionally ran. Stern’s gone though, and the league isn’t currently running any of the teams, and nobody seems to have picked up Stern’s parity torch. Of course the Lakers are in self induced cap hell, so they aren’t in the LeBron market anyway.


27 posted on 06/24/2014 10:29:34 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: discostu

But Silver has shown that he will beg over backwards for “Political correctness” if he has enough NBA owners crying over a big name star going to a big name city he will make sure it doesn’t happen..its not like LeBron would come to LA anyway, he wants to be the man, and that wouldn’t work with Kobe here..and LeBron is a prick, big Obama lover, Trayvon supporter..I think him coming here would be a bad idea anyway, would much rather have Kevin Love


28 posted on 06/24/2014 10:30:09 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SeekAndFind

If I were a big name athlete who could write my own ticket, I’d sign with a club that doesn’t have any winters......


29 posted on 06/24/2014 10:31:27 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Silver has shown he doesn’t want a player revolt, and he won’t hit the mattresses for an owner everybody hates. But with Sterling gone probably the most hated owner in the league is Gilbert, Silver won’t cave to his whining.


30 posted on 06/24/2014 10:31:59 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I care, sort of. While I do enjoy watching pro sports, the NBA ranks well down the list below the NFL, MLB and NHL. With age and questionable maturity, you just have to accept these guys for who they really are.

Mercenary gladiators. Nothing more. They are not role models. With few exceptions, they are not “nice guys.” (Even in the 1930s Leo Durocher said “nice guys finish last.”)

But if you accept that they are simply paid to put on an athletic competition where the attraction is in the uncertainty of outcome, then take it for what it is.


31 posted on 06/24/2014 11:07:52 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Coming back to Cleveland. Kids enrolled in Akron schools.

Maybe.


32 posted on 06/24/2014 11:15:05 AM PDT by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: discostu

Parity my ass; maybe Stern picked up on that idea later in his tenure. But one of his early acts was to make sure Patrick Ewing landed in New York and not to a small market team, like the Pacers.

I do not forget the “bent envelope.”


33 posted on 06/24/2014 11:33:37 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: henkster

He had a 30 year run. Near then end he got into parity.


34 posted on 06/24/2014 11:48:35 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

RE: If I were a big name athlete who could write my own ticket, I’d sign with a club that doesn’t have any winters......

Then, it’s back to Miami for Lebron.


35 posted on 06/24/2014 11:49:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: IndyTiger

I understand Houston is willing to put serious money on the table for James.


36 posted on 06/24/2014 11:54:15 AM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: SeekAndFind
Then, it’s back to Miami for Lebron.

LOL!

Miami isn't the only winter free team out there.......

37 posted on 06/24/2014 1:45:11 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Hot Tabasco; Dr. Thorne

There is actually talk of a Lebron - Carmelo Anthony pairing {Not sure if this will work, one ball hog is enough].

SEE HERE:

http://www.kxly.com/sports/Lakers-to-lure-LeBron-Carmelo/26639840

Lakers to lure LeBron, Carmelo?

See also here:

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11128345/nba-teams-gear-runs-lebron-james-carmelo-anthony

Teams eye LeBron, Melo pairing


38 posted on 06/24/2014 1:48:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: henkster

Except for this year’s championship Spurs, who have now won 5 championships in 16 seasons and are made up of nice guys. The Onion has been running articles for years poking fun at Tim Duncan for being such a nice guy. The team plays unselfish basketball, and blew out Miami in the most lopsided finals win ever.

Look up “The Beautiful Game” on YouTube sometime.


39 posted on 06/24/2014 8:03:12 PM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Meanwhile, Tim Duncan, fresh off his fifth title in sixteen years, resigned with the Spurs at his below-market salary. Tim Duncan’s Spurs have the highest 17-year winning percentage in the history of the NBA, averaging 58 wins a year.


40 posted on 06/24/2014 8:06:33 PM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a good story, I’ve had sports radio on for the last few hours. I wish King James the best in Cleveland.


41 posted on 07/12/2014 12:16:25 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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