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LeBron Officially Opts Out Of His Contract, But Will He Actually Leave The Heat?
Published June 24, 2014
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ON THE CLOCK: ESPN's Brian Windhorst said by opting out of the deal six days before he had to, James is "sending a signal that he is going to be available on July 1, and he wants there to be maximum availability for teams to make moves." That "includes the Heat." In this next "seven to 10 days, you are going to see scrambling of teams trying to clear salary cap space." The move is a call to teams to "make moves to get LeBron's attention." Windhorst: "It's an open invitation to impress him. ... I expect this to potentially kick off a frenzy of talks across the league (to sign James) ... using the Draft as a leveraging point. He's definitely played that into his thinking" ("SportsCenter," ESPN2, 6/24).