Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/1/13
LeBron James seeking to limit distractions during the Miami Heat's quest for a three-peat this season said Monday he doesn't intend to further address how he'll handle his potential free agency next summer. James speaking during the Heat's annual preseason media day said he appreciates the situation but doesn't want to feed speculation about it going forward. "You guys have to ask the questions" James said. "But I'm not going to address it. Once we get to that point [in June] then I'll address it. But I don't think it's appropriate right now. "My concern is putting our team in a position to win another championship. That's my only goal that's my only mind frame right now." James is entering the fourth season of a six-year contract that gives him the chance to test free agency after this season. Should James opt out the Heat are hoping the four-time league Most Valuable Player bypasses free agency and signs a long-term deal. "I'll tell you right now how I'll handle it" James responded when the second question he was asked was also about free agency. "For me being a leader of this team I owe it to this organization I owe it to my teammates to really not get involved and not talk about it." Yet it's a familiar process for James who three years ago with the Cleveland Cavaliers saw his looming free agency overshadow much of the 2009-10 season across the league. James left the Cavaliers after seven seasons and signed with Miami during a blockbuster summer when the Heat also added Chris Bosh and re-signed Dwyane Wade. James openly addressed his free agency during the first few months of the 2009-10 season -- even commenting on the attractiveness of potential destinations such as New York -- before he declared the subject off limits later in the season. Wade and Bosh also hold contract clauses that allow them to opt out of their contracts after the season. Last week Bosh told reporters he believes there's a chance the Heat's top three players might not return intact should Miami fall short of becoming the fourth team in NBA history to win titles in three consecutive seasons. Coach Erik Spoelstra who signed a multiyear contract extension Sunday said the Heat have overcome so much adversity over the past three seasons that they're prepared to handle just about any potential distraction.
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