Joe Johnson.

Reason why Joe Johnson turned down the Cavaliers for the Heat

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Last month, two teams were on the hunt for Joe Johnson's services, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat.

Many thought Johnson would end up joining the Cavaliers over the Heat because they looked like the team that was better equipped to a championship, but in the end, he picked to move to Miami.

During an interview with the Palm Beach Post, the Cavaliers, including LeBron James, put in a good effort to acquire the 34-year-old, but he picked the Heat for both short term and long term reasons.

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He said: "It’s late in my career, man. I’ll be 35 this year. I was looking more for some security, not necessarily a verbal commitment or anything like that, but somewhere I could really play and come out and enjoy the game.

“Having (Dwyane) Wade here and talking to (Udonis Haslem) and Amar’e (Stoudemire), and their style of play. Style of play was probably the biggest difference. They told me they wanted to get up and down the floor and run, and that enticed me. I thought it was the best fit.”

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When he was asked to clarify why the Heat were in a better position short term for him than the Cavaliers, a team that looks like the strongest contender out of the Eastern Conference for the championship, he said: "Style of play, man. Getting up and down the floor. And just knowing this team was a piece or two away from possibly being at the top. I just wanted to help in some form or fashion.”

If Johnson ends up winning a championship with the Heat in the next few seasons, it will be clear that he has made the right call.

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