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Report: Finals outcome won’t sway James decision

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Superstar LeBron James will not let winning or losing the NBA Finals dictate his decision on whether to opt in to the final year of his contract with the Miami Heat, according to a report.

James and the Heat are facing elimination, trailing 3-1 with the best-of-seven series returning to San Antonio for Game 5 in Sunday. No team has come back from a similar deficit in the Finals.

James, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh are eligible to opt out of their contracts after this season and become free agents. ESPN reported Thursday that the Heat might pursue New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony if he opts out of his contract for free agency.

James, though, said he is more concerned about the Finals than the future. He scored 28 points in the Heat’s 107-86 loss to the Spurs in Game 4 on Thursday night in Miami. He is averaging 27.5 points in the series.

“The series is not over,” James said. “We’ve got guys with too much pride (to) even start thinking about that.”