James reportedly did not intend to suggest he was considering signing with the Knicks this past offseason.

By Kaelen Jones
December 11, 2018

Following the Lakers' 108–105 win over the Heat on Monday night at Staples Center, LeBron James was overheard telling Dwyane Wade that their final head-to-head bout could have only taken place "either here or at the Garden, that's it."

Immediately, speculation began over whether James considered signing with the Knicks over Los Angeles this past offseason.

However, the conversation was not in reference to James's intentions. Per NBC Los Angeles' Michael J. Duarte, James was suggesting that only Staples Center and Madison Square Garden could serve as venues worthy to host his final duel with Wade. Not that he thought about signing with New York.

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According to The Athletic's Joe Vardon, James adores playing in Madison Square Garden but actually only considered signing with the Lakers, Cavaliers and 76ers.

James, 33, signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers this offseason. Wade, 36, is expected to retire following the 2018-19 season after rejoining this Heat this offseason.

James and Wade faced off as opponents 31 times. James leads the all-time series 16–15. The pair teamed up in Miami and won two titles in 2012 and '13.

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