For the time being, it looks like LeBron James will give it one more year at the Cleveland Cavaliers to try and push for another NBA Championship before potentially testing out free agency as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
After missing out on the NBA title for the second time in the space of three seasons, and once again to the Golden State Warriors, the King looks set to leave Cleveland next offseason to play out the rest of his career the way which he desires.
Two major landing spots for him that have been widely rumored are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, with not many other teams being given a chance despite the fact James would be an unrestricted free agent next summer if he leaves the Cavaliers.
With what is expected to be a much quieter offseason for him this year, James has been spending some time down in Miami, taking photos of himself on a boat in and around Biscayne Bay and posting them onto his Instagram account.
These photos have since raised speculation that a return to the Miami Heat may not be out of the picture for the Cavaliers star next offseason during free agency. However, these rumors have since been squashed.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has strongly said James will not be returning to the Heat in 2018 because the team doesn't think he has any interest in doing so.
He reported: "LeBron James’ Instagram posts Saturday might raise hopes among some Heat fans of a James return, but the Heat does not believe James has serious interest in returning, with the thought that he will stay in Cleveland or go to the Lakers….
"Again, the Heat has been given zero indication that James – a free agent next summer – would have interest in coming back and isn’t expecting that."
All we know for sure right now is that James is going to be playing for the Cavaliers for at least another season. Come next offseason, he literally could go anywhere for the right money. Staying in Cleveland can't be ruled out, neither can a jump across the country to Los Angeles.
So really, in the same frame of mind, a return to Miami shouldn't be ruled out either although, according to this report, it seems unlikely.