(NEW YORK) — LeBron James has yet to decide if he will opt out of his current deal with the Miami Heat next summer, but if there is one thing he is certain of it is that he would prefer to spend the rest of his career in South Beach.
James, who left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 to sign with Miami, says he is focused on winning a third consecutive championship with the Heat, and not where he might play next.
“I have absolutely no idea,” James recently told ESPN.com. “I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. That’s ideal. But we don’t know what may happen from now to the end of the season. That’s the nature of the business. It’s the nature of not knowing what tomorrow brings.
“I mean, as a kid, I never thought the Bulls would break up. Never. If you’d of told me as a kid that [Michael] Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen wouldn’t play together for the rest of their lives, I’d have looked at you crazy. And Phil Jackson wouldn’t be the coach? I’d have looked at you crazy. But sometimes the nature of the business doesn’t allow things to happen like you would want them to. But we’ll see,” he continued.
According to ESPN, Cleveland is considered to be Miami’s stiffest competition to acquire James in the offseason, but the four-time MVP says he is not looking that far ahead.
“I owe it to myself, I owe it my teammates and I owe it to the Miami Heat to stay focused,” he said. “As a leader, I’m not even going to let that side of the business get me unfocused on what I’m trying to do and that’s trying to win another championship.”
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Jill Martin, CNN