When Joe Johnson reached a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets for his infamous contract, the former All-Star was a man very much in demand.
In the end, Johnson decided to take his talents to South Beach, where he has settled in extremely well with Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng and the rest at the Miami Heat, as they get ready for a playoff push.
One of the teams interesting in bringing in Johnson for the stretch was the Cleveland Cavaliers, with LeBron James actually coming out and saying in the media that Johnson was wanted in Cleveland. In fact, James wanted Johnson so much that he was willing to switch positions to make it happen.
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According to a report from Chris Haynes of cleveland.com, LeBron made it known to Cavaliers' management and Johnson that he would slide to power forward on a permanent basis to open up a starting spot for his former Olympic teammate.
James all-but confirmed that when he spoke to Haynes, saying that he would absolutely make some sacrifices to bring in a guy like Johnson who could help them win in the playoffs.
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"All I care about is winning. That's all that matters to me," James said. "A piece like Joe, you know what it does to your team and if he was concerned about playing time or concerned about starting, then I'll sacrifice."
"I'll sacrifice to get a guy like that to help us try to win a championship."
The Cavaliers may be sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference but things haven't been going their way since the All-Star break, losing more games than they would have wanted, including some against teams that should get nowhere close to beating them.
Even though they are still the favourite to reach the NBA Finals ahead of the likes of Toronto and Boston, the Cavaliers will probably have to face either the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio spurs - two teams they don't match up all that well against. With Johnson in the rotation, that would have made a difference.
"I mean, you're trying to make a push. We're in March. You get a guy like Joe Johnson, you get a guy that can change your team for the better. I wouldn't have a problem with (moving to the four)," James added.
Having lost in the Finals in back-to-back years, it appears James would do almost anything to get his hands on a third title.
"Man listen, I'll do anything to win. I'll kidnap my momma to win," he joked.
Certainly an interesting strategy there, LeBron.