LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers retained their roster and made some nice additions to keep them at the top of most everyone's choice for the favorite in the Eastern Conference for next season. But that doesn't mean that James hasn't noticed what the Miami Heat are doing.
In a radio interview with Bleacher Report, LeBron James said this:
LeBron on the East: "The landscape changes every year.... I think Miami is doing some great things." Mentions Indy too. @BR_Radio— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 12, 2015
And he's right. The Heat were able to retain Luol Deng, Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade. They drafted Justise Winslow, added Amar'e Stoudemire and Gerald Green. And they expect both Josh McRoberts and Chris Bosh to be healthy to start training camp. On paper, they are compelling.
Cavs' GM David Griffin also mentioned the Miami Heat among the first to challenge the Cavaliers earlier as well. A Heat-Cavs Conference Finals would be an incredible matchup and theatre.
The Cavaliers probably still have the upper hand, but it seems that people are starting to notice that Miami is right there in the waiting, and barring injuries, will be ready to challenge Cleveland in the East this season.