When LeBron James played for the Miami Heat, he routinely held pre-training-camp workouts with star players such as Kevin Durant at his home in Ohio. Now that he's back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James is taking his September workouts to Miami.
James has been spending time with rehabbing teammate Kyrie Irving recently in South Florida as both prepare for the opening of training camp at the end of the month, sources told ESPN.com. He has reached out to his Cavs teammates, and numerous players are planning to come in for voluntary workouts this week and next, sources said.
Cleveland.com first reported that James was organizing workouts in Miami.
Irving, who had surgery to repair a fractured kneecap in June, has not yet been cleared to take part in basketball activities, so he worked on conditioning alongside James, sources said. Irving has spent the summer in Miami recovering and is not expected to be ready for the start of training camp. James spent time in Miami himself during last season as he recovered from knee and back issues.
Several other Cavs players are limited as they recover from surgeries. Anderson Varejao is continuing to recover from a torn Achilles, Kevin Love is recovering from shoulder surgery, and Timofey Mozgov is recovering from knee surgery.
The Cavs workouts are part of a league-wide trend of players organizing group offseason workouts. Recently, Dwyane Wade organized workouts with Heat teammates in Los Angeles. Last week, Damian Lillard posted a photo on Instagram of a group workout with more than 10 of his Portland Trail Blazers teammates.
While James is in Miami, he'll need to find a new place to stay. Over the summer, he sold the mansion he lived in while he played for the Heat for $13.4 million after buying it in 2010 for $9 million.