LeBron: Cavs 'have enough to compete'

Sam Amico


LeBron James said the Cavaliers have made it clear to JoeJohnson that he's welcome in Cleveland -- but it appears Johnson prefers the Heat.

According to a report Friday from Yahoo Sports, Johnson has already agreed to a contract with the Heat once Johnson clears waivers Saturday.

Johnson, 34, had his contract bought out by the Nets on Thursday.

"He knows we want him," James told reporters Friday in Toronto.

Multiple reports stated the Cavs were the frontrunners to sign the 6-foot-7 Johnson, who also garnered interest from the Hawks and Thunder, among several others.

Johnson is likely to get a more prominent role in Miami than he would in Cleveland, as the Heat are desperate for help following the latest health scare involving star forward ChrisBosh.

"He’s a great piece for any team,” James said. “If we’re lucky enough to get him, he would mean something to us.

"If not, we have enough here to compete."

Johnson averaged 11.8 points on 41 percent shooting this season with the Nets.

A source earlier Friday had told Amico Hoops that Heat president PatRiley may have been planting stories about the Heat's chances of landing Johnson.

But the latest information is very likely to have come from Johnson's agent.