ESPN Radio: LeBron glued to soccer broadcast during 2014 meeting with Riley

Riley and James, roughly a month before their meeting in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)
Riley and James, roughly a month before their meeting in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)

The details surrounding LeBron James’ departure from the Heat will leak out in bits and pieces for years and an interesting one popped up this morning.

During a segment discussing whether the Heat would ever be willing to bring back James, who has endured some turbulence in Cleveland since leaving, ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard revealed something that bothered Pat Riley when he met with James in the summer of 2014.
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Pat Riley sounds like a man ready to pay Hassan Whiteside

Riley will go to the negotiating table with Whiteside this summer. (Getty Images)
Riley will go to the negotiating table with Whiteside this summer. (Getty Images)

NBA free agency remains one of the more unpredictable events in sports (remember this?), but the Heat sound like keeping Hassan Whiteside will be a top priority this summer.

Whiteside is finishing the final months of a deal that pays him under $1 million this season and is set to hit a huge payday this summer. The guy who was training at the Charlotte YMCA in 2014 could be looking at a four-year, $80 million contract.
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Erik Spoelstra: “Nothing to regret” on free agent miss Marvin Williams

Marvin Williams could've been a Heat. (Getty Images)
Marvin Williams could’ve been a Heat. (Getty Images)

The Heat chased a lot of players during their 2014 free agency frenzy — first recruiting guys to play with LeBron James, then scrambling to compensate for his departure — and one of their early visits was with former Utah forward Marvin Williams.
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Report: Heat, Beno Udrih nearing buyout to make room for Joe Johnson

Udrih is out for the year, leaving the Heat with one point guard remaining. (Getty Images)
Beno Udrih (Getty Images)

The Heat and guard Beno Udrih are close to a deal to buyout the remainder of Udrih’s contract, according to Yahoo’s The Vertical.

The deal would clear salary pace for Joe Johnson, who the Heat signed Friday. Udrih suffered a season-ending foot injury Wednesday.

(Read about how Dwyane Wade helped sway Johnson to Miami)

Yahoo reported Miami representatives approached Udrih about the buyout last week. The 33-year-old guard, who Miami acquired in November, averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per game off the bench for the Heat.

Bosh: I had to leave Toronto to win

Chris Bosh playing for the Toronto Raptors in 2007. (Getty Images)
Chris Bosh playing for the Toronto Raptors in 2007. (Getty Images)

Chris Bosh had a setup that would satisfy plenty of NBA players. He was the highest-profile, highest-scoring star on his team, but the losing wore on him. The Raptors made the playoffs just twice during his seven seasons with the team, losing in the first round both times, and Bosh watched multi-star teams like the Celtics, Heat and Lakers capture championships.
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