MIAMI -- Monday, they celebrated. Then comes a carefree offseason for LeBron James.
Next season, the Miami Heat hope to be celebrating a third consecutive championship. Whether the 2014 offseason is as carefree for James is another issue.
In a sitdown interview with CNN's Rachel Nichols that aired Monday, James was asked about his 2014 opt-out clause, the first of three consecutive offseasons James will have the right to explore free agency.
"I don't know," James, Most Valuable Player of both the 2012-13 NBA regular season and just-completed NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, said, "because I haven't really even thought about it. So when that moment comes up, I will approach it, like a professional, and we'll see what happens."
James joined the Heat as a free agent in July 2010, announcing his free-agency move from the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a nationally televised ESPN hour-long special.
He said in the CNN interview future decisions would be handled differently.
"You learn from your mistakes," he said. "That's something I've been able to do."
Of how he handled his previous free agency, he said, "That's something I've lived with, and if the opportunity comes [again], if I'm in that position, I'll be able to handle it much better." ___