While followers of the NBA are in a panic about what LeBron James will do this summer, especially in light of a report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski suggesting miscommunication among James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat apparently aren’t too worried about losing their four-time MVP.
From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
The Heat fully expects James will re-sign.
One associate of James told me that he still makes the Heat the clear favorite to keep James but also that the four-time MVP is “weighing all his options” and “wants to see how things play out” with the Heat’s roster, which he wants upgraded. As has been reported, James wants the maximum money allowed, and the Heat is fine with that.
But that associate also said it’s very difficult to envision him signing with Phoenix or Houston. (Dallas did not come up in the conversation with the associate.)
For all the speculation and rumors, a return to Miami remains the most likely option for LeBron, as Jackson notes. James has had the most team success of his career there and the Heat also have a coach in Erik Spoelstra and an executive in Pat Riley that are two of the best in the business.
LeBron’s agent is taking meetings with other teams and James will surely consider all of his options, but it would be surprising to see him leave the team he’s been to four straight finals with.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game last season.