Report: LeBron James' future won't be affected by Finals outcome

LeBron James can become a free agent this summer.
LeBron James can become a free agent this summer. (USATSI)

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James can opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July, and with his team trailing 3-1 in the NBA Finals, there is naturally speculation that another loss wouldn't bode well for his future in Miami. James, though, will not be affected by what happens against the San Antonio Spurs, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

All season long, James has declined to talk about what will happen this summer. This is in contrast to the Heat's Chris Bosh, who has said that he intends to come back.

Miami is on the brink of elimination, even with James playing phenomenally. It's fair to say that it looks like the Heat need to bring in some more help for him, but it's premature to assume the trio of James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade is about to be broken up.

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