According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, LeBron James will opt out of the final years of his contract with the Miami Heat and enter the free agent market. In other words, grab the popcorn and prepare for The Decision II.
LeBron James' agent Rich Paul has told Heat LeBron will exercise early termination option— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 24, 2014
Speculation that James would look for a new team to take his talents to followed almost immediately after the Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in this year's NBA Finals, and Grantland's Zach Lowe has a solid analysis of James' potential destinations. But now that he's officially on the market, what it really means is that we're in for another long, over-analyzed, beaten-to-death summer of "Where will LeBron James go?"
Remember last time James was a free agent? Four years ago when he was departing the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers, James' free agency, with incessant speculation and what-ifs, was a story worthy of a summer blockbuster. "The Decision," as it came to be known, was a live television spectacle. Nearly 10 million people watched it in primetime, and his announcement became a catchphrase that lives to this day. This is what we're in for: