"The next person who walks up to me and says "LeBron James, he was fantastic".
Smith tweeted that the Heat are among seven teams in the running for the services of the 15-year veteran who continues to play at an elite level. The team will then have to decide if it wants to keep Kevin Love, or trade him for picks.
Barkley made the bold statement shortly after the Golden State Warriors secured their third National Basketball Association title in four years.
Over in the western conference, the Los Angeles Lakers have created cap space to lure two top free agents to town. Markelle Fultz who had half a redshirt year and has been fine tuning his dunking prowess (instead perhaps of his broken jump shot) could prove to be an addition of sorts, and the salary room to ink a max contract makes them one of the favorites in the East.
While Baylor is considered one of the greatest small forwards in league history, his talent is often largely unheard of nowadays, not exclusively because he failed to win a ring but because he was never a league MVP.
While the Heat management will make the requisite effort to recruit James again, most likely led by his close friend Wade, the team's current status doesn't quite fit the veteran's parameters.
And there's also the delicate matter of James' rocky relationship with team owner Dan Gilbert.
"Legally, he may be working for our organisation, but that's not really the case, " Gilbert said.
James explained the injury, which is being reported as a severe bone bruise, at the podium after Game 4.
If so, there's only one place where that can happen. He found it with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and he came back a different man, ready to build his legacy.
There's a tug-of-war going on between James' brain and heart.
"In order to win, you've got to have talent, but you've got to be very cerebral too", James said.
"I get asked all the time about MJ, LeBron, and it's such a hard question to ask", Kerr said following Game 4.