The Miami Heat are moving on from LeBron James and the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Thursday.
The Heat, who won a franchise-record seven titles in a span of three seasons, announced their decision to suspend James for the entire 2017-18 season.
James’ suspension will begin on Jan. 9.
James has not been available to the media since his ejection from Thursday night’s Heat-Dolphins game in Miami, but he was present at the team’s media day in New York, wearing a Dolphins jersey and talking about the team.
“It’s a very, very difficult situation,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
“But it’s what you want to do.
We want to make sure that we continue to build and build and keep winning.
So this is what we want to be able to do.”
The Heat are hoping to have James back next season, though they’ll have to wait to see if he will rejoin the team in 2018.
James is expected to be reinstated by the end of this month, but Spoelstrap said Thursday that there’s no timeline for his return.
He also said that James will not be allowed to return to the Miami Gardens arena where he won his NBA championship in 2016, although the arena has been renovated.
The NBA has already announced plans for the Heat to open a practice facility in the new facility, which will be built adjacent to the arena.