LeBron James said in an interview on NBA TV that “at this point” he cannot imagine leaving the Miami Heat after this season when he can choose to become a free agent by exercising an option in his contract.
“We don’t know what can happen from now to July, so what I’ve been able to do this whole season to this point is just worry about what’s at hand and that’s winning another championship,” James said.
James can opt out of his deal after this season he signed in February of 2010, after next season or become a free agent in 2016. He left the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 2010 announcement on national television — setting off a firestorm of controversy.
—San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will be out “for the foreseeable future,” coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday.
Popovich told ESPN that Parker has a “variety of maladies.”
Parker missed two of the Spurs’ previous four games leading up to the All-Star break because of a hand injury. He has averaged 17.7 points and 6.2 assists per game this season.
—The Chicago Bulls signed free agent forward Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract on Tuesday.
Varnado is currently in his second year in the NBA. After being drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, Varnado played overseas for two seasons.
During the 2012-13 season, Varnado played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. This season, he has started 22 games for the Iowa Energy of the D-League and has averaged 14.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.68 blocks.
—The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard/forward Sergey Karasev to the Canton Charge, their NBA Development League team.
Karasev has appeared in 12 games for the Charge with averages of 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 30.0 minutes per game. He has played in 17 games for the Cavs, averaging 1.9 points per game.
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