LeBron James is happy with the Miami Heat, at least for today.
The four-time NBA MVP has lobbied publicly and behind closed doors for the Miami Heat to upgrade the point guard position with former Connecticut star Shabazz Napier, and the Heat listened.
Napier was selected 24th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, and was traded to the Miami Heat for the 26th pick P.J. Hariston and two second round draft picks.
LeBron the General Manager
If the Heat want James back, they're going to have to rebuild the Heat into a team he thinks can compete for NBA Championships.
LeBeron has reportedly wanted Miami to find a way to get Napier since the spring, in order to reload for the next few years of his prime, so that the Heat could remain as an attractive option for the world's best player.
James has said he wants the Heat to show him that they're willing to compete for titles, putting the onus on Heat team president Pat Riley.
Riley though has shown a willingness to swing for the fences.
The mastermind of the "Big Three" is the same man that went out and got Miami Shaquille O'Neal in 2004, to pair with the-then young Star Dwyane Wade.
That resulted in an eastern conference finals trip, and an NBA title in 2006.
Also, more recently, and personally, LeBron has been the subject and recipient of Riley's great team building ability, assembling a roster that took Miami to the NBA Finals for four straight seasons, including titles in 2012 and 2013.
Whats Next for Miami?
The Heat need some salary cap room to build a winner for the next few season and with LeBron having already opted out of his contract, Miami needs Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to terminate their contracts also.
That would give Miami nearly the entirety of the projected $63.2 million salary cap to work with this off-season, and the flexibility to re-sign the "Big Three" and add some significant pieces to continue to compete over the next few years.
The next big day for Miami will be June 30, which is the deadline for Bosh and Wade to opt out of the remaining two years on their contracts with Miami.
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