Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/25/13
MIAMI Pat Riley wants to have a dynasty in Miami. To do that, hell surely need LeBron James help.James is receptive to the idea of sticking around the Heat for a long time, but theres an asterisk next to it. That will keep everybody guessing as July 1, 2014 approaches, the day he would become a free agent if he opts out of his contract.Thats the goal, the Miami star said Tuesday about wanting to be part of Heat president Rileys vision of winning many titles. Thats the ultimate finish. And we all hope that can happen, obviously, to be able to have success with the two guys (Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) and with Riles and (coach Erik Spoelstra). This is what we came here for. So that would be the ultimate, but you can never put aJust when it seemed James was close to saying he almost surely would stick around Miami for the long haul, he shifted gears. He let it be known that what he has next year is indeed an option.I dont know, James said of his long-term future with the Heat. Life changes. Things happen. You have to be prepared for that. But this is what we all want to be here for, and thats to be able to compete for a championship each and every year. And, if we can do that, then it would be awesome.James just led the Heat to a second straight title and next season theyll try to become just the third franchise to have a three-peat. But there figures to be plenty of talk during the season about whether the four-time Most Valuable Player will return for 2014-15.It cant get any worse than the season before I became a free agent in 2010, said James, unconcerned about the speculation becoming a distraction.James will earn 19.07 million next season. He has option seasons on his deal for 20.59 million in 2014-15 and 22.11 million in 2015-16. Even if James wants next summer to return to Miami, its likely he would opt out to sign a more lucrative deal with the Heat.I dont know, said James when asked if it would take something unexpected for him to leave Miami after next season. Im not really thinking about that right now. Like I said, the ultimate for us is to be able to compete for a championship each and every year. Our focus is how were going to get better this year.James vows to do his part. He figures it might not be long before hes back working out.James had said after the Heat ousted San Antonio last Thursday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals he needed to rest his body. But Spoelstra said Monday that James doesnt have that in his DNA to rest and he expected James to be back doing something in the gym within 10 days.James didnt disagree.Thats possible, James said. I love the game so much. I start to miss it. Im missing it already, actually. I feel great. My body feels great. I dont know it feels like it does right now. You miss the game less than a week after its over.James touched Tuesday upon only one thing he definitely will work on during the summer. James knows he must be a better free-throw shooter.James shot 75.3 percent during the season and is a career 74.7 percent marksman. He did at least shoot 77.7 percent during the playoffs en route to a second straight Finals MVP award.I dont need a shooting coach, James said. For me, I think its just continue the repetition and then continue to work on it. During my workouts in the summertime, when Im dead tired, there's an opportunity where I should go to the free-throw line and challenge myself to calm my breath down and be able to go up there and make five in a row or make 10 in a row. I think it's mental more than anything.''James should have plenty of time to work on that. Unlike last season, when he won an Olympic gold medal in London, he wont have any commitments with Team USA.James will have a basketball camp in Las Vegas in early July and make his annual trip with Nike to China in late July. Then he will be married in San Diego in September to Savannah Brinson.Im involved enough to where everything is going to go right, James said of the nuptials. The most important person is Savannah and if shes happy, then Im happy. Thats all that matters. I dont really care about anything else. I dont really care about nobody else there on that day besides her.As far as whos on the Heat roster come this fall, James also is taking a relaxed approach. He's fine if Miami brings in another key player, but he's not going to pester management about it.Im not going up to those guys or approaching this summer saying, 'I need help,' James said. I'm coming back and saying, 'Well, if we come back with this same roster, were going to compete for a championship.' Im obsessed with success. I want success and I want that feeling again. I want to be able to win another championship because its the best feeling it the world.James said he does hope the Heat bring back at least a couple of players. He cited guards Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen and center Chris Andersen as a huge part of our team and our success. Chalmers has a 4 million team option that the Heat must make a decision on by Sunday, but he said Tuesday he hasn't heard anything yet. Allen must decide by Sunday whether to pick up his 3.23 million contract option. Andersen becomes a free agent Monday, and his agent Mark Bryant has told FOX Sports Florida he wants to re-sign. On Tuesday, two details were taken care of as guard James Jones picked up his 1.5 million option for next season and forward Rashard Lewis invoked his 1.4 million option. Both had previously told FOX Sports Florida they would stay with the Heat.But the big news for the next year plus on the Heat will be whether James will re-sign. Chalmers insisted that wont be a distraction hanging over the team.Were not worried about that, Chalmers said. When that time comes, whatever happens, happens.If the Heat truly want to have the dynasty that Riley envisions, James coming back will be what needs to happen.Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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