Report: LeBron may opt out of deal with Heat

LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010. (AP/Tony Dejak)

LeBron James may opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat following the 2013-14 season, according to a report from FOX Sports Ohio.

The reigning NBA and NBA Finals MVP has several years remaining on his contract, but has an opt-out clause that could potentially see him become a free agent in the summer of 2014.

Sources close to James reportedly told FOX Sports Ohio that James is likely to test free agency next off-season since he enjoys the recruiting process so much and that it would be a smart business decision for him or any other player.

James, who is widely regarded as the best player currently in the game, received plenty of criticism for how he handled free agency in 2010, in which he decided to take his talents to South Beach and not re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The sources added that if James does opt out of his deal, his decision would likely come down to a choice between Miami and Cleveland.

James’ Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also have the option to opt out of their contracts next summer.

Other stars that could potentially be free agents next summer include Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul George, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.

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