Mailbag: Why is Dwyane Wade joining LeBron James in Cleveland?

MIAMI — Life comes at you fast.

Just four years ago, the Heat were celebrating an NBA championship with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh on the roster. Now, it looks like Dwyane will join LeBron in Cleveland and Chris is currently out of the league.

How did all of this happen and why? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). Continue reading “Mailbag: Why is Dwyane Wade joining LeBron James in Cleveland?”

Mailbag: What does Kyrie Irving trade mean for the Heat and rest of the Eastern Conference?

MIAMI — The top two teams in the Eastern Conference swapped star point guards.

The Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick. What does this trade mean for the landscape of the Eastern Conference this season?

We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. Continue reading “Mailbag: What does Kyrie Irving trade mean for the Heat and rest of the Eastern Conference?”

Kyrie Irving traded to Boston: Celtics offer was too good for Heat to match, too good for Cavaliers to say no

MIAMI — The Heat were part of the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes from the start.

That was because Irving reportedly listed the Heat as one of his preferred trade destinations, along with the Knicks, Spurs and Timberwolves. But really, Miami — even with Pat Riley on its side — didn’t have a chance to land Irving once the Celtics entered the fray. Continue reading “Kyrie Irving traded to Boston: Celtics offer was too good for Heat to match, too good for Cavaliers to say no”

Report says LeBron James “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Should we strike up the Heat talk once again?

A report says LeBron James is “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Could he return to Miami? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Season of LeBron is off and running.

Soon after a report that LeBron is “100 percent leaving” Cleveland after the season, another surfaced disputing that as “100 percent false.”

Veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan quoted a league source saying 2017-18 will be LeBron’s final season in Cleveland, citing his “relationship with owners” being “beyond repair.”

Less than 40 minutes later Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com cited three sources saying the tweet is dead wrong.

LeBron’s dissatisfaction with the Cavaliers since the team lost in the Finals to the Warriors in five games has been well documented, fueling speculation that he will be bolting Cleveland for a second time when he becomes a free agent next summer.

Most of the talk centers on LeBron heading to Los Angeles because of his business and entertainment ventures along with the fact that he owns a home in the L.A. area.

But Miami is always in the conversation considering LeBron chose South Florida once – albeit to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and won two titles in his four Finals appearances.

  And LeBron loves stirring the pot. This summer he posted pictures of himself on a boat in Biscayne Bay with AmericanAirlines Arena in the background with the caption, “A ton of great memories riding past her today!!”

For that to happen, LeBron and Heat president Pat Riley would have to bury the hatchet after the messy breakup in 2014 in which LeBron announced in a letter entitled: “I’m coming home.”

And that’s just the start. Then there is the issue of the Heat freeing up enough money to afford LeBron.

LeBron’s success since returning to Cleveland – three consecutive Finals appearances and one title – has been similar to what he had in Miami. But he’s growing more frustrated with the way the Warriors are distancing themselves from the Cavaliers.

And while the chances of LeBron coming to Miami might be low, those of his teammate (for now) Kyrie Irving wearing a Heat uniform could be even lower.

LeBron was shocked by his point guard’s request to be traded. Irving reportedly has tired of playing with LeBron and would like to be on a team where he’s not in anybody’s shadow. And according to reports, Miami is one of the handful of cities where Irving would like to play, although without a no trade clause he has little say on where he lands.

ESPN reported Cleveland is seeking offers for Irving under the assumption LeBron is leaving and the Cavs are looking for players to help rebuild rather than win now, which would severely hurt Miami’s chances of acquiring Irving.

If Cleveland was seeking a veteran point guard to help the Cavs make a run this season, they might settle for a package centering around Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow.

But if the Cavs are looking for young stars and draft picks, Miami would be out of mix considering their young talent is not as good as those on teams like Boston, Phoenix, Minnesota or Denver. And the Heat cannot trade its first-round pick for the next five years.

 

Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Can LeBron find excuse to sit out game in Miami this season?

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, left, LeBron James, center, and J.R. Smith, right, watch from the bench during the Cavs game in Miami last March. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

LeBron James loves being in Miami. He spends time on the water trolling Heat fans. He visits the restaurants and he works out with friends and former teammates.

Just last weekend he was working out at the University of Miami and commanding the DJ booth at a restaurant near Brickell Avenue.

LeBron seems to love everything about the city in which he won two NBA titles. … except facing the Miami Heat.

Since LeBron left the Heat to return to Cleveland in 2014, the Cavs have come to South Florida six times. Their superstar has decided to sit out half of those games, including three of the last four.

Last year, LeBron sat out both times Cleveland played at AmericanAirlines Arena, citing the need to rest after social media accounts had him partying in the early morning hours at LIV, the trendy South Beach nightclub, that same day.

Cleveland was playing the second night of a back-to-back on both occasions.

Barring injury, LeBron has no excuse this season when Cleveland plays in Miami. … Or does he? The Cavs are one of four Eastern Conference teams Miami faces three times instead of four and they come to Miami once – March 27.

The Cavs play at Brooklyn on March 25 and have an off day in Miami on the 26th before facing the Heat. Cleveland, though, plays at Charlotte on March 28 – their first back-to-back in March – so LeBron could decide to rest on the first night of the back-to-back this time.

On the three occasions LeBron has played in Miami since leaving the Heat, he is averaging 27.3 points. In his first game back after leading the Heat to four consecutive Finals appearances and two titles, he scored 30 points. The game was Christmas Day 2014. He then scored 26 in Miami later that season.

In 2015-16, LeBron rested for the first time that season in Miami on Dec. 5. He played in Miami on March 19 – after playing the previous night in Orlando – and scored 26 points.

Last season, LeBron spent more time on the dance floor at LIV than the court at AmericanAirlines Arena.

By the way, the Heat are 6-0 against the Cavs at home since LeBron returned to Cleveland.

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Odds of LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat probably not as great as you might think

LeBron James posted this photo on his Instagram account.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of imploding.

Point guard Kyrie Irving wants out, tired of playing Robin to LeBron James’ Batman, a story first reported by ESPN. And LeBron is toying with the idea of bolting Cleveland for a second time when he becomes a free agent next summer, according to multiple reports.

The two situations have Miami Heat implications. Miami was one of four teams Irving reportedly told the Cavs he’d prefer to play for if they could agree on a trade. Irving, though, does not have any kind of trade clause in his contract meaning Cleveland can deal him to any team without his consent.

The Heat recently denied an ESPN report that they offered point guard Goran Dragic and small forward Justise Winslow as the centerpieces for an Irving trade.

And while the speculation remains that LeBron is eager to move to Los Angeles and has the Lakers on his mind, the Heat always are mentioned as a possible destination for the four-time MVP. LeBron spent four years with the Heat, winning two titles, before returning to Cleveland. He recently caused a stir by posting pictures – and appearing nostalgic – while vacationing in Miami.

With that in mind, odds already are being placed on where James will begin the 2018-19 season and where the Heat fall may surprise you.

Miami is eighth on the list of LeBron’s most likely landing spots at 25-to-1 behind even Minnesota and Philadelphia, according to BetOnline.AG.

Cleveland remains the favorite at +250 but the Lakers are the most likely team to sign LeBron if he leaves the Cavs with the odds set at 3/1.

Los Angeles is followed by Boston (7/1), Houston (10/1), San Antonio (10/1), Minnesota (14/1) and Philadelphia (16/1) before Miami.

Golden State (28/1) is just behind the Heat.

Miami also has the eighth-best odds to land Irving, according to Bovada.lv. The Heat are listed at 20-to-1 to have Irving on its roster for the first game of the 2017-18 season.

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Mailbag: Heat deny report of making trade offer for Kyrie. What can we take away from this?

MIAMI — Friday was an eventful day.

It began with an ESPN report that indicated the Heat had made a trade offer to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. And it continued with a strong denial from the Heat that any offer had been made to Cleveland.

What can we take away from this series of events? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. Continue reading “Mailbag: Heat deny report of making trade offer for Kyrie. What can we take away from this?”

Miami Heat: No trade offer has been made for Kyrie Irving

MIAMI — As the Kyrie Irving trade speculation continues to swirl around the NBA, the Heat on Friday denied an ESPN report that they had made an offer to the Cavaliers for the disgruntled point guard.

With Irving’s immediate NBA future in question since his reported trade request from the Cavaliers, ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski listed the Heat among at least six teams that have made offers for the four-time All-Star. The Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Timberwolves and Knicks are the other five teams that have reportedly made trade offers to Cleveland. Continue reading “Miami Heat: No trade offer has been made for Kyrie Irving”

Heat mailbag: Where does Goran Dragic rank among NBA point guards?

MIAMI — There’s a long list of talented point guards in the NBA. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is one of them, and it’s the reason his trade request has become such a big story around the league.

But where does Miami’s Goran Dragic rank on the list of NBA point guards? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). Continue reading “Heat mailbag: Where does Goran Dragic rank among NBA point guards?”

An update on the Kyrie Irving situation, as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman say ‘things are fluid’

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

MIAMI — If the Cavaliers are indeed planning to trade point guard Kyrie Irving, they won’t admit it publicly.

In a Wednesday press conference scheduled to introduce new general manager Koby Altman, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Altman declined to answer a direct question of whether they plan to trade Irving. Altman even referred to Irving as “a core piece of who we are and what we do,” as they sidestepped questions regarding a possible trade. Continue reading “An update on the Kyrie Irving situation, as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman say ‘things are fluid’”