Stop Panicking, Heat Fans: Five Reasons LeBron Will Stay in Miami

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The news broke yesterday and brought with it a tsunami of speculation and sizzling hot takes: LeBron James was opting out of the remainder of his Miami Heat contract. What will his next move be?

LeBron is available to every team in the league come July 1, and every NBA GM in America will look far and wide for any advantage in the race for his services, just like in 2010. But Miami should lap the field, the race shouldn't be close, and LeBron James should be back in a Miami Heat uniform in no time.

See also: LeBron James Is Opting Out of His Miami Heat Contract

1. Money talks, and the Heat has the most to offer.
When you're LeBron James and you plan on being LeBron James for a good many more years, money isn't the biggest factor, because you're gonna be wealthy regardless. While Miami can offer more than $30 million more to James on a max deal, most ignore the fact that the Heat deal would include one more year than any other team can offer him. In four years, who knows what teams will be paying superstar players, so it's likely LeBron would make up the difference in a new deal by then. On the flip side, anything can happen in four years -- just ask Dwyane Wade -- so LeBron's best bet is to take the guaranteed money while he can. After already taking less to make it happen in Miami the first time, is LeBron ready to join a new team for an insane discount?

2. LeBron has all the power and say in Miami. Other places? Who knows.
Everything Miami Heat rides on LeBron James right now, more than some people realize. Pat Riley isn't getting any younger, and he may not want to start over if LeBron chooses to leave. Ray Allen has said if he can't play with LeBron James next year, he's not sure he wants to play at all. When LeBron came to Miami, people asked if it would be his team or Dwyane Wade's, and nobody asks that question anymore. LeBron James is the clear leader in Miami, and everyone else falls in. Will that be the case in Houston with Dwight Howard, in Chicago with Derrick Rose, or Los Angeles with Chris Paul or Kobe Bryant? The other teams can easily fake it on the first date, but Miami has been living with LeBron for four years.

3. If you thought the "LeBron had help" narrative was bad before, wait until he skips town again.
LeBron James gets taken to task now for seeking out help to win a title. What will the narrative be like if he does it again? Imagine if LeBron won a title in Houston next year. Many would put an asterisk by it, fair or unfair. Most will call this hypocritical for Heat fans to say, and that's totally fair, but what's not fair is the way the public judges LeBron James. LeBron is just ridding himself of the black cloud that was "The Decision" to take his talents to South Beach -- why put that on himself again? Can you imagine how people would view him if he lost on a second-hand-picked team? Forget Jordan -- he would be lucky if people mention him in the same sentence as Kobe, and he'd still be behind a guy like Wade, rings-wise.


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PacosTacos
PacosTacos

Well this seems a bit silly now doesn't it?

PacosTacos
PacosTacos

Well this seems a bit silly now, doesn't it?

Gilbert Gonzalez
Gilbert Gonzalez

Miami new times where is that article you wrote about the 5 or 10 reasons the heat would beat the spurs and make 3 peat history.. Oh that's right your reasons were so off the heat were embarrassed spanked with Lebrun James in tow lol

William Rizzo
William Rizzo

5 very weak reasons... Id still be panicking if i were you Heat fans.. Stupid list.

Loretta Menth
Loretta Menth

Who the fuck carrs oh thats right ur walk out looser fans lmbo LJ sucks.Way to goRaul nicely put lol

Anthony Moore
Anthony Moore

How many "real" fans can name the original BIG (3)?

Thomas Jennings
Thomas Jennings

Sharif Kakooza stop Lebron he is running away from miami.

Carl Skuza
Carl Skuza

It's not panic it's that he might leave its hope that he does

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Made me laugh, Wade having one more ring than James. The first ring Shaq got for Wade and the last 2, James got for him. Just keeping it real, Wade has never won a title on a team that didn't go get a bigger & better star player than Wade was/is ?

Abby Drake
Abby Drake

Yeah right. He's hottest right now so he will go somewhere and sign a huge contract for millions.

Elizabeth Reider Butler
Elizabeth Reider Butler

Someone I knew was a flight attendant on his plane they seved him a can of coke instead of pouring it he then proceeded to tell her don't you know who iam yelling at her then his mother came up and called her a cunt real class HUH, he and his mom belong back in the getto where they came from

Melissa Andrews
Melissa Andrews

Raul Torres. This is a New Times article. It's not the Wall Street Journal. The whole paper is full of entertainment information. For goodness sake, they are probably most famous for their best of lists. When they have a section for "best empanadas", you can't expect them to be hard hitting news.

Matty Wheelz
Matty Wheelz

Carmelo and James go to the Lakers for some trophies !

Daleena Arbelo
Daleena Arbelo

Hey New Times social media manager! Can you delete the nonsense those dudes are creating?

LoWanda McFadden
LoWanda McFadden

look its unrealistic to think a team will win a championship EVERY year. Lebron will not team hop ....he's not going anywhere!

Brian Miceli
Brian Miceli

Should be titled, "The Five Reasons Lebron Will Leave Miami!" The biggest nonsense of the article...the kids will be living in Miami. They are going to attend Lebron's alma mater in Akron!

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Best part of this thread is the boys playing "my dick is bigger than yours" with each other......

captainofthecheese
captainofthecheese

Reason #6: Florida doesn't have a state income tax. There's five million green reasons right there.

Shaneka S Dennis
Shaneka S Dennis

All 3 will opt out and reconstruct their contracts with the Miami Heat to bring in help! I'm a fan of the Heat not LeBron, Wade woo retire a Heat! Real Heat fans can speak on it, anybody that's doubting are a bunch of bandwagon fans anyway, especially talking about Wade leaving, lol smh. Wade and UD has always taken less for the better of the team, don't believe me do your history.

Roly Ruiz III
Roly Ruiz III

Roy Gonzalez dont trip about that fuck nigga Ismael Antonio Sanabria ...he says he doesnt care but there are no pictures of the house he pays mortgages on....prob cuz he lives with his mom.....he has no pics of the family he takes care of supposedly.....nor the possesions he pays bills for......hes a fat fucking loser lebron hater just luke that fagget Phillip Morris who thinks his old ass trolling pic is funny and original

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

Wade knees is failing him. When I see bosh play you see he can get lazy. And it cost them.

Roly Ruiz III
Roly Ruiz III

Ismael Antonio Sanabria ur a cock sucker.......not only did u care enough to write on this post but if anyone checks out this guys profile its full of pics taking shots at LeBron......go worry about ur family and ur mortgage and stop riding LeBrons dick just because he doesnt answer your fan mail u fucking loser

Aaron Matthews
Aaron Matthews

Dwayne Wade is not what he used to be and Bosh is most nights an average player. Lebron I think is going to go where he has the best team.

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

Ray Roy Gonzalez get off my dic.k. did you get mad at what I said?? You obviously have a problem because you too busy up someone else's ass bitc.h boy

Darcy Shepard
Darcy Shepard

By opting out, James is now eligible for a five-year, $115 million contract from the Heat, or a four-year, $86 million from an outside team. Opting out initiates "Larry Bird"LARRY BIRD EXCEPTION -- This exception allows teams to exceed the cap in order to re-sign their own free agents, up to the player's maximum salary. Teams are said to have "Bird rights" to players who qualify. To qualify for this exception a player essentially must play for three seasons without clearing waivers or changing teams as a free agent,

Roly Ruiz III
Roly Ruiz III

Who says any REAL Heat fans are panicking? the people who follow the Heat have known thay the big 3 were going to HAVE to opt out in order for the team to stay together.

Roy Gonzalez
Roy Gonzalez

Say's the guy who took time out of his morning to comment on something/someone he doesn't care about.

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

Who cares. He's still not paying my bills, mortgage and taking care of my family. People get caught up in millionaires lives like they know them. Priority comes first. F him

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