LeBron James visits with Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem in Miami during NBA playoffs

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6), Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (40) walk off the floor dejected during second half action of game one of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs Thursday June 06, 2013, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

HOLLYWOOD — During the Cavaliers’ long playoff run, LeBron James visited Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade in Miami.

When asked about the possibility of James returning to the Heat this offseason, Haslem revealed Thursday that James visited Miami during a break in the playoffs.

“Right before they started the Finals against Golden State, I spent some time with Bron,” Haslem said to reporters during a visit to the Heat’s youth summer camp at South Broward High. “He was in Miami. Me, him and Dwyane got together and we spent some time together and we just chopped it up and we just talked.”

James’ future was not discussed, though, with the visit actually coming between the Eastern Conference semifinals and finals.

“That wasn’t part of the conversation,” Haslem said. “Obviously, he was getting ready for the NBA Finals.”

But if James really is considering a return to the Heat, Haslem is willing to get in on the recruiting.

“There are great pieces here and we all know the city loves him and we all know what he’s capable of doing,” Haslem said. “I’m sure the organization and I would love to have him. But as a friend, once again, I support LeBron with whatever decision he makes. So we’ll see. Am I going to be a part of the recruiting process? Hell yeah. If he reaches out and we talk, I’m going to throw it out there. But you just never know.”

Haslem said he’s heard the speculation of a possible James-Heat reunion, with multiple Las Vegas sports books and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith including Miami as one of the teams in the running for the 14-time All-Star.

“That’s what everybody is saying and that’s what I’ve been hearing,” Haslem said. “Honestly, I hear it more on the outside than I have from him.”

But there’s one big issue, the Heat currently lack the salary-cap space to sign James in free agency.

The Heat are already close to the luxury tax line with 10 players under contract for 2018-19 who are due $119 million. That puts Miami way above the projected $101 million salary cap and very close to the projected $123 million luxury tax line, and definitely not in position to sign a max player like James unless it can shed a lot of salary.

The easiest path to a James-Heat reunion is through a sign-and-trade agreement with the Cavaliers or James opting into the final year of his current contract and then getting Cleveland to trade him to Miami.

Free agency begins July 1.

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