LeBron James' decision on whether or not to opt out of his contract to become a free agent won't be based upon the success or failure of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, according to a source.

The Heat now face a 3-1 deficit against the San Antonio Spurs.

There have been reports that James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have discussed opting out and re-signing at a reduced salary in order to add Carmelo Anthony to the Heat.