Former Miami Heat guard Ray Allen eyes Golden State Warriors

Ray Allen, shooting a commercial, is considering a return. (Getty Images)
Ray Allen, shooting a commercial, is considering a return. (Getty Images)

Former Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen is sizing up his options for a possible return to the NBA.

Allen, who turns 41 in two weeks, left the league after playing for Miami in the 2014 Finals. His most memorable moment for the Heat, by far, was his game-tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of The Finals in 2013. That kept the team alive, and it followed by taking down the Spurs in Game 7.
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Would Dwyane Wade really consider joining LeBron James in Cleveland?

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat posts up LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat posts up LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade is making the Heat wait.

A source confirmed Monday afternoon the Heat have offered Wade a two-year, $40 million contract with a player option for the second year. Wade would make $20 million in each season.

Why hasn’t Wade accepted the offer yet? Does he want a third year on the contract? More money? Or is the 34-year-old Wade just ready to leave the only franchise he’s ever played for? Continue reading “Would Dwyane Wade really consider joining LeBron James in Cleveland?”

2016 NBA Draft: Three guys who could’ve helped Miami Heat at No. 24

There is no valid criticism of a deal that brings in LeBron James, so the Heat can live with losing their first-round pick in tonight’s draft.

Brice Johnson would've been an option for Heat if they'd kept their first-round pick in tonight's draft. (Getty Images)
Brice Johnson would’ve been an option for Heat if they’d kept their first-round pick in tonight’s draft. (Getty Images)

Miami sent that selection and another first-rounder to Cleveland on a sign-and-trade for James in 2010 (it gave the Heat the ability to sign him to a six-year deal at a higher salary, which he opted out of after four years, making that whole maneuver pretty much unnecessary). The pick was flipped to Minnesota, which sent it too the 76ers, and Philadelphia used it tonight to take Timothe Luwawu at No. 24 overall.

Nonetheless, if Miami hadn’t surrendered the pick, here are three guys it could have had:
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LeBron James’ career will always be tied to the Miami Heat

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James answers questions as he holds his daughter Zhuri during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Cleveland won 93-89. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions as he holds his daughter Zhuri during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of basketball’s NBA Finals Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Cleveland won 93-89. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Add another accomplishment to list. It might even be the biggest accomplishment of LeBron James’ incredible career.

James led the Cavaliers to a championship Sunday, as they became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Finals. Continue reading “LeBron James’ career will always be tied to the Miami Heat”

LeBron James on winning NBA title in Cavaliers uniform: ‘This is what I came back for’

After winning two NBA titles during his time with the Heat, LeBron James took his talents back to Cleveland.

“What’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio,” James wrote in his famous letter in Sports Illustrated that revealed his decision to return to the Cavaliers in 2014. Continue reading “LeBron James on winning NBA title in Cavaliers uniform: ‘This is what I came back for’”

LeBron James reveals ‘secret motivation’ is connected to the Miami Heat

During last year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James revealed he was being powered by some “secret motivation.” When pressed for details, James promised he would say what it was after the Cavaliers won an NBA title.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) is congratulated by his teammates as he holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) is congratulated by his teammates as he holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Golden State ended up winning the 2015 NBA championship, so James never had to reveal the source of his motivation last year. But after Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Finals on Sunday night, the subject was brought up again in his postgame press conference. Continue reading “LeBron James reveals ‘secret motivation’ is connected to the Miami Heat”

Could LeBron James ditch Cleveland again and return to Heat?

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LeBron James just put on one of the greatest NBA Finals performances of all time, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The numbers are staggering:

But you know what would be even more staggering? If LeBron decided to leave Cleveland for a second time to return his talents to South Beach for another shot with close friend Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

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First off, James signed a two-year deal with the Cavs last summer, but the contract has a player option after the first year. So he could opt out and head south — or anywhere, for that matter, willing to pay him somewhere between $25-30 million a year.

Second, you could argue that in delivering the city’s first title since 1964, James has fulfilled whatever “obligation” he had to Cleveland. Most of those who were burning his jersey six years ago when he left are at this moment out celebrating an NBA championship.

“I came back to bring a championship to this city,” LeBron told Doris Burke after the game. “I gave it everything that I had. I put my heart and my blood and my sweat and my tears into this game. And against all odds … Cleveland, this is for you!”

So the 31-year-old Akron native likely feels like he has done his duty and could leave feeling good about what he and his team have been able to accomplish.

Finally, it’s clear LeBron still has plenty of fans in Miami-Dade County — some friends with significant influence.

Could Wade and the Heat’s ownership put together a compelling case (and contract) and lure King James back to South Florida?

Of course it’s unlikely, but wouldn’t it make for a fun offseason?

Comparing Stephen Curry’s mouthpiece throw to Udonis Haslem’s mouthpiece throw

Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat adjusts his mouthpiece during warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bulls on December 27, 2006 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat adjusts his mouthpiece during warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bulls on December 27, 2006 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After fouling out in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry lost his cool. The Golden State guard yelled at the referee and chucked his mouthpiece in frustration.

The only problem is that Curry’s mouthpiece hit a fan sitting courtside. The mouthpiece hit the son of one of the Cavaliers’ minority owners, according to ESPN. Here’s video of the incident involving Curry… Continue reading “Comparing Stephen Curry’s mouthpiece throw to Udonis Haslem’s mouthpiece throw”

ESPN brings on Craig Sager for NBA Finals Game 6 broadcast

Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he'll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)
Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he’ll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)

Thanks to an unusual collaboration by ESPN and TNT, longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager will cover his first NBA Finals game Thursday.

Sager, who is battling leukemia, will join ABC for one night to share Game 6 reporting duties with Doris Burke and is ecstatic about the opportunity.
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2016 NBA free agents: Four tempting scenarios for Dwyane Wade

Does Wade love James enough to go to Cleveland? (Getty Images)
Does Wade love James enough to go to Cleveland? (Getty Images)

As usual, there’s almost no chance Dwyane Wade leaves Miami this summer. Almost.

With the end of his career looming, this is one of Wade’s final opportunities to explore anything else that entices him. He’s never given voice to any dream of playing somewhere else, but here are four possibilities that must’ve crossed his mind as we near July 1:
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