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Pat Riley comments on LeBron James opting out of Heat contract

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Heat president speaks out today after LeBron's decision.

Win McNamee

The Miami Heat released the following comments made by president Pat Riley after news broke that LeBron James would opt out of his current deal to become a free agent:

"I was informed this morning of his intentions. We fully expected LeBron to opt-out and exercise his free agent rights, so this does not come as a surprise.

"As I said at the press conference last week, players have a right to free agency and when they have these opportunities, the right to explore their options. The last four seasons have been historic and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Erik Spoelstra have led the Miami HEAT to one of the most unprecedented runs in the history of the NBA.

"We look forward to sitting down with LeBron and his representatives and talking about our future together. At the moment, we are preparing for the opportunities in the Draft and Free Agency as we continue with our goal of winning NBA Championships."