There is still more than a month until the 2013-14 NBA season starts but LeBron James is already facing -- and deflecting -- questions about what he'll be deciding during the summer of 2014. James could be the most coveted free agent next summer if he opts out of his contract with the Miami Heat.
James, who's bound to get repeatedly asked about free agency throughout the season, recently told ESPN's Chris Broussard that he doesn't know what the future holds.
"I have absolutely no idea. 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," James told Broussard. "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."
James said that at some point he'll try to stop the discussion about 2014 free agency and that he owes it to his teammates and the Heat to "stay focused" on winning a third straight championship.
Of course, James' desire to focus on the season at hand doesn't mean that the media and other teams won't be eying his future. In July, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported that the Los Angeles Lakers were positioning themselves to make a run at either LeBron or Carmelo Anthony (or both) if they decide to become free agents. There has been plenty of speculation that the Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing to welcome back James.
During his final interview session with reporters after Miami won its second consecutive championship in June, James said that all of the questions surrounding 2014 free agency "can't get any worse than my season before I became a free agent in 2010."
We shall see.