Josh Richardson on possibility of adding LeBron James to Miami Heat
Without a doubt, LeBron James is the most interesting individual this offseason in the NBA. The soon-to-be free agent remains mum on his plans with regards to his next destination or whether he’s going to stay put with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his silence has not stopped many from speculating and forming their own theories.
While the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be frontrunners to sign the four-time MVP, the Miami Heat are also considered a dark horse to get one of their former stars back. Adding James to the Heat’s fold would definitely be a huge boost for the team, but Miami guard Josh Richardson prefers to not get too carried away with rumors, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
“I’m not too excited because I don’t know what he wants to do or what he’s going to do,” he said of the Cleveland Cavaliers forward who can become a free agent July 1. “I mean I think we have great pieces to offer to play around him. We play with a lot of intensity. We’ve got a lot of dog in us. You need that in the trenches. That’s all I can really say about it.”
To sign LeBron James, the Heat’s front office will have to exercise some type of financial wizardry.
The Heat are currently over the salary cap by $16 million, so for them to accommodate James’ expected salary of around $35 million per season, Miami will have to find a way to unload the salaries of the likes of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Tyler Johnson – or maybe even Josh Richardson, who just signed a $42 million three-year extension deal with the Heat in 2017.