When LeBron James informed the Miami Heat that he wanted an improved roster to return for the 2014-15 season and beyond, he was most likely hoping that players like Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat would be free agent targets.
Neither ever received an offer from the Miami Heat and thanks to James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all holding up on signing their contracts, the Heat struggled to sign free agents because they weren’t sure of how much funds they’d actually have available.
That finally changed on Monday when the Miami Heat signed Josh McRoberts, who while talented, probably wasn’t on LeBron James’ wishlist. Also unlikely to be on James’ wishlist is Garrett Temple, who is apparently waiting on a free agent decision from James himself as he’s intrigued at the thought of playing with the Miami Heat.
Per Tim Reynolds with the Associated Press, Temple is “leaning toward Miami,” as in signing with the four-time defending Eastern Conference champion Heat. This rumor quickly gained traction on Twitter Monday evening for a very specific reason and perhaps for others a bit more subtle.
However, the Heat have yet to offer Garrett Temple a contract at this point and while he may specifically be waiting on a decision from James, there’s no indication at this point that the Miami Heat are actually considering signing the veteran guard.
Temple averaged 1.8 points in 75 games with the Washington Wizards last season, a team who he joined after he was released by the Miami Heat before the start of the 2012-13 season.