Biggest Variables That Could Influence LeBron James' 2014 Free Agency

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Biggest Variables That Could Influence LeBron James' 2014 Free Agency
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Expect LeBron James' potential foray into free agency to dominate headlines between now and July 1, 2014.

It's hard to fathom, but it's nevertheless true: A three-peat opportunity is only the second-biggest storyline for the Miami Heat in 2013-14.

Due to the possibility of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh becoming unrestricted free agents following the season, the Heat will face more scrutiny than ever over the next nine months.

If things start going sour for the Heat, the inevitable free-agency questions will begin bubbling to the surface. James, Wade and Bosh all have early-termination options in their contracts after this year, the thought of which will have 29 other teams salivating from now until July 1, 2014.

With two NBA championships now under his belt, there appears to be no stopping James from cementing his name as one of the league's all-time greats. Players like that aren't often available in free agency, to say the least.

Seven key factors will help determine what James decides to do with his future following the 2013-14 season.

Let's run through them.

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