MIAMI (AP) -- A day after he cut off questions about becoming a free agent next year, LeBron James raised the idea of playing with Michael Jordan.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers' star facing the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade for the first time this season Thursday, the focus was on the possibility they might join forces. Both can opt out of their contracts next year.
"In a fantasy world, there are a lot of guys in the NBA you would love to see how could you be on the same team and see how you match up with the rest of the NBA," James said before the game. "Not just myself, everybody in the league has visualized playing with somebody, even guys who are not in the league anymore. I visualized playing alongside Michael Jordan when I was a kid. Everyone has that vision."
Jordan was at Thursday night's game and sat next to Heat president Pat Riley.
As for Wade, James said he makes the Heat a potential postseason force.
"Any time you've got a guy who can take the game over in the fourth quarter like Dwyane Wade can, they are a contender," James said.
The two shared a warm embrace just before tip-off.
On Wednesday, Wade said the pair have talked about going to the same team. Later that day, James told reporters he wouldn't talk any more about free agency until after this season.
"It never became stressful to me," the reigning NBA MVP said Thursday. "How many ways can I answer the free-agent question? It got to a point where I can't answer it any other way, so it didn't make any sense for me to keep talking about it."