Two-time NBA champion will be a free agent next summer.
Miami Heat star LeBron James has insisted he isn’t thinking about free agency next summer, and is solely focused on achieving a ‘three-peat’ with his current team-mates.
The 28-year-old will be amongst a talented group of players available as free agents at the end of the season, with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Kobe Bryant also available.
However, James is not concerning himself with the speculation and media pressure ahead of the new season, as he looks to seal a ‘three-peat’ having led the Heat to back-to-back championships last year.
“I have absolutely no idea,” James recently told ESPN.com.
“I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. That’s ideal. But we don’t know what may happen from now to the end of the season. That’s the nature of the business. It’s the nature of not knowing what tomorrow brings.
It has been rumoured that the Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to be the biggest competition that Miami faces for LeBron next summer, as they continue to construct a promising group of players that will look to challenge for a playoff spot this season.
Elsewhere, the Lakers have also been touted with an interest as they will arguably have enough salary cap space left to sign two max free agents next summer.
The media have naturally jumped on the possibility of Bryant linking up with James and Anthony, but it would seem almost improbable that the deal could happen.
Nevertheless, James has promised the Heat fans that he will remain focused on the task in hand, and will inevitably open up discussions with the franchise next year as the season reaches its conclusion.