James became an free agent on July 1, 2010. During this time, he was contacted by several teams, including the Bulls,
Clippers, Heat, Knicks, Nets, and Cavaliers. On July 8, he announced on a live ESPN special titled The Decision that he would sign with the Heat. The day before the special, fellow free agents Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade also announced that they would sign with Miami.