The Miami Heat have no expectation internally that LeBron James will return to South Beach this summer in free agency, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
WestGate Las Vegas sports book has the Heat tied for the fifth best odds of winning the championship next season because of a belief James could return to the Heat in the offseason, but Miami’s brass isn’t expecting that to come to fruition.
James will become a free-agent once July 1 hits and has been closely tied to re-signing with his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as possibly leaving Cleveland again and joining either the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers or Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron played for the Heat from 2010-2014 and won two championships. His relationship with president Pat Riley reportedly soured near the end of his stay.
James’ pal Dwyane Wade is back with the Heat after the Cavs traded him at the February trade deadline, but Wade is currently undecided if he’s going to continue his playing career.
The Heat lost in the first-round of the playoffs to the Sixers in five games.