Report: Heat to host LeBron on Christmas Day

ESPN reporting match-up, official schedule released Wednesday


MIAMI – Along with Santa Claus, Heat fans will be awaiting someone else's arrival on Christmas Day this year.

According to ESPN, the NBA has scheduled LeBron James' return to South Florida for Christmas at the American Airlines Arena.

The early peek at the NBA schedule, which won't be officially announced until Wednesday evening, features the first meeting of the season between James and the Heat team he helped lead to four straight NBA Finals.

Although the Christmas game will be the first matchup between the two teams in the regular season, the Cavs and Heat are scheduled to meet in Brazil for an exhibition game during the preseason.

Last month, James announced he would be returning to Cleveland as a free agent. Along with the LeBron, the Cavaliers' roster also includes former Heat fan favorites James Jones and Mike Miller.