What LeBron James opting out really means

Miami Heat forward LeBron James speaks during a media session for their NBA Finals basketball...

Miami Heat forward LeBron James speaks during a media session for their NBA Finals basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Texas June 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

Do not make plans to watch The Decision Part 2, do not work yourself into a frenzy imagining what jersey LeBron James would look best in the fact is, James opting out was always the expected outcome and it does not change much.

Sure, James informed the Heat a bit early that he would opt out of the final year of his contract when his agent did so on Tuesday (he had until June 30), but this was not a shocking call for Miamis brass, led by Pat Riley to receive.

Simply put, opting out of the $20 million U.S. James was guaranteed for next season and the $22 million after that is both what is best for him, and for the Heat. It allows James to make more money or gives him more options if he wants to make a change and it enables Miami to be far more flexible in retooling in search of a third championship in four years next June, as long as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh follow suit in opting out.


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