Report: Rival exec thinks a 40 percent chance LeBron leaves Miami

Will LeBron James tell Miami 'peace?'  (USATSI)
Will LeBdron James tell Miami 'peace?' (USATSI)

In the same report that indicates that the Rockets are set to make a strong push for LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, or Chris Bosh, Bleacher Report reports that the odds of the Heat retaining LeBron James are approximately 60 percent according to one executive. 

There are rumblings that James will start weighing his options this weekend. One rival executive pegged his chances of leaving Miami at 40 percent.

via Rockets Poised to Make Texas-Sized Offers in NBA Free Agency to LeBron, Melo | Bleacher Report.

The Heat have the incumbent power, offer stability, two championships James has won with the Big 3, superstar talent that are also his friends, and stable organization to put around him, provided Micky Arison decides to open the checkbook, which remains a question due to the luxury tax situation. James is reportedly unhappy with Arison's decision to not spend all-out last year to improve the team.

But 40 percent is nothing to sneeze at. That's pretty close to a coin flip. And no one will really know until James finally decides where he's going. He had ideas about joining Wade and Bosh in Miami back in 2008, but he's been on record as saying he hadn't decided until the day of 2011 to pull the trigger. 

The Decision 2.0 rolls on. 


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