LeBron James told the Heat this morning that he was opting out of his contract. No surprise there. Even less of a surprise? That decision (lowercase d) will result in a meeting with Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh sometime in the near future. Yahoo Sports says the three are trying to figure out if there’s a way for them to remain with the Heat while simultaneously upgrading the rest of the roster.
What may be a surprise is that Yahoo also says LeBron is interested in a possible “sign-and-trade scenario with the Los Angeles Clippers in which James could play with close friend Chris Paul” as well.
LeBron, who seemingly has numerous friends in the NBA, is also described as being close with Carmelo Anthony, and ESPN has a piece today describing how a handful of teams, including the Lakers, Hawks and Cavaliers have all made moves giving them the flexibility they would need to sign James and Anthony.
But according to the Twittersphere, LeBron’s options are even wider than that.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 24, 2014
The hockey world has been especially aggressive in pursuing the 6’8″, 250 pound forward. Here are a few of the teams hoping to be the beneficiary of a LeBron James’ Decision (capital D).
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 24, 2014
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) June 24, 2014
.@KingJames follow for DM
— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 24, 2014
LeBron James opts out of contract with Heat. Penguins add him to list of coaching candidates.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) June 24, 2014
It should be noted that not every team was quite as eager to jump on that bandwagon.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 24, 2014