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#pounditMonday, December 6, 2021

Reports: Heat or Cavaliers frontrunners to land Joe Johnson

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The Joe Johnson situation is a bit muddled, with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers both being cited as frontrunners for his services.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported on Friday that the Heat are leading the charge for Johnson.

Chris Haynes of cleveland.com, however, hears that the Cavs are in the pole position for the swingman, and LeBron James made it clear that Johnson knows the Cavs want him.

“He knows that we want him,” James said Friday. “He knows that we want him and if he decides to come here, it’d be great. But if not, then we’ll continue to move on with what we have.”

Miami is probably a better fit roster-wise for Johnson than Cleveland, but the Cavs offer him a better chance to make it to the NBA Finals, which may end up taking precedence here. The Cavaliers are reportedly confident that Johnson will end up being theirs once he makes up his mind.

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