The Miami Heat made a move in free agency yesterday. Unfortunately for fans the deals announced did not include the names LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.
But the arrival of both Josh McRobers and Danny Granger reveal more about the future of LeBron James than first anticipated.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports, both new arrivals only committed to the Heat franchise for next season after being given a strong indication that they would be playing in the same team as LeBron James.
The mere fact that the Heat front office are willing to put on record their belief that LeBron James will be returning to the franchise this NBA offseason is surely a sign of their confidence.
Pat Riley and co would be risking upsetting their two new additions before day one of the new season, not to mention embarrassing themselves in front of the entire NBA, should James end up at a different team for 2014-15.
McRoberts and Granger themselves are not particularly high profile arrivals this free agency, but even that in itself is reason for cheer for those Heat fans desperately hoping that the face of their franchise since 2010 will not desert them.
McRoberts arrives from the Charlotte Hornets having had his best year as a pro, whilst Granger spent time at both the Pacers and Clippers last year as his form continued to dip. Neither are on huge money and are exactly the type of players the Heat would be looking to acquire with a maximum contract for LeBron James in mind.
Of course, whilst the Heat franchise may be confident of James returning, the only man who truly knows what his future holds is LeBron himself.
At present the player has kept his distance from free agency debate, leaving his agent to discuss potential moves to the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.
Reports today however suggest that LeBron James is set to meet with Pat Riley in Miami Tuesday in order to hear what the Heat are willing to offer him.
Bosh Houston Bound?
While the Heat's early free agency moves may be positive in terms of retaining LeBron, the same cannot be said for Chris Bosh's future in Florida.
McRoberts has been seen a legitimate replacement for Bosh and the latter is said to be giving strong consideration to a four year deal from the Houston Rockets worth approximately $88-96 million.