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Justise Winslow Subtly Recruits LeBron James With Latest Instagram Post
- Updated: June 9, 2018
Shortly after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night to win their third championship in four years, Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow subtly began his recruitment of Cavaliers forward LeBron James with a post on Instagram.
James, who played for the Heat from 2010-14 and won two championships with the team, could potentially become a free agent this offseason if he decides to decline his player option with the Cavaliers for 2018-19.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Heat are one of the seven teams that the 33-year-old will be talking to during the free-agency period. The other six teams are the Warriors, Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 8, 2018
If LeBron were to return to Miami, the Heat would need to figure out a way to get rid of the large contracts they currently have on the books. According to Spotrac.com, the Heat are currently about $19.3 million over the cap, which of course would not allow them to sign the three-time champion.
Some of the big deals that the Heat could attempt to get rid of include Hassan Whiteside‘s (due $25.4 million), Tyler Johnson‘s (due $19.2 million), Goran Dragic‘s (due $18.1 million), and James Johnson‘s (due $14.4 million). However, interest in these players might not be that high and the Heat would potentially have to add sweeteners to the deals in order to entice other teams.
James is coming off what is arguably one of his best seasons as he averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game while also playing in all 82 regular season games. As for the playoffs, he played even better, averaging 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game.
Free agency will begin on July 1, which is the start of the NBA’s 2018-19 league year.