A stoic LeBron James walked briskly with his jersey untucked as he led the Miami Heat to the locker room after losing in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. As soon as the San Antonio Spurs claimed their fifth title, all the talk about where James will play next season heated up. Heat fans have just reason to be nervous. A source close to James, however, offered a response that might ease the concern. "Where is he going to go that is as good or better than Miami?" the source told to Yahoo Sports. "The San Antonio Spurs? The Chicago Bulls? The Los Angeles Clippers? Where is he [realistically] going to go?" James can become a free agent this summer by opting out of the final two years of a contract that pays $20.5 million next season and $22.1 million in 2015-16. It's safe to assume that at the very least James will explore his options. James' camp says that a free-agency decision hasn't been made and there isn't yet a plan going forward. One thing that is certain is that this time around there won't be "The Decision," the much-ridiculed prime-time TV show in 2010 in which James announced he was joining the Heat. James said after the Heat's season-ending 104-87 loss in Game 5 of the Finals that he plays for his teammates, but it's safe to assume he will make the decision that is best for him. "You guys [the media] are trying to find answers," James said. "I'm not going to give you one. I'm just not going to give it to you. When I get to that point, I'll deal with it."
Despite disappointing Finals loss, Heat may be LeBron's best option next year
Yahoo! Sports | Jun 16