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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