LeBron James holding off on opt-out decision until after vacation

By Eye on Basketball staff

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent in July.
LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent in July. (USATSI)

LeBron James said Tuesday that he will not make any decisions about his future until after he vacations with his family, according to an ESPN report.

James met with Miami coaches Tuesday for his exit interview following the Heat's loss to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. He can opt out of his contract, or exercise the early-termination clause, for next season -- which would make him a free agent and set up a another decision.

The last time, the infamous "Decision" in 2010, resulted in the current James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh run in Miami -- which has produced two NBA titles and four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.

He did say, "being able to have flexibility is what we all would like."

"I haven't even begun to wrap my mind about it," James said of possibly testing free agency. "I need to get away with my family before I start to think about what will happen next."

James said he and his family love Miami, adding their input and his desire to win will factor in making up his mind, per the Miami Herald.

"For me, I just want to win," he said, "and that's all that matters to me."

James said he will talk with Wade and Bosh -- who both also can opt out -- before making up his mind moving forward, and said he knows where he stands with the Pat Riley-led Heat front office.

"I understand what this team, this franchise, brings to the table," James said.

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