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Stephen A. Smith: LeBron to speak with Heat in free agency

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Smith correctly predicted that James would sign with the Heat eight years ago.

2014 NBA Finals - Game Five

Eight years ago, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith correctly reported that LeBron James and Chris Bosh would join Dwyane Wade and sign with the Miami Heat.

Now, the polarizing ESPN figure reports that seven teams are “in the mix” for James. And the Heat are there.

James also said after Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals that he thinks Dwyane Wade would have been “very, very good” for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the postseason. We know that James and Wade remain good friends. And Friday evening, Justise Winslow posted a picture on Instagram of James in a Heat uniform.

Mood:

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But how could the Heat overhaul their roster around James to create a team that could challenge the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry — who have each won NBA MVP awards — and the rest of the Golden State Warriors? (Smith also included the Warriors on his list.)

Chris Bosh already predicted that his former teammate will sign with the Houston Rockets.

Just like four and eight years ago, James will keep NBA executives and fans waiting as he enters free agency. The Heat came out buoyant in 2010 and spurned in 2014. What will happen in 2018?