TORONTO: Six years later, the Cavs have reportedly lost out on another free agent to the Miami Heat. This one, however, doesn’t sting nearly as much.



Joe Johnson will join the Miami Heat after he clears waivers Saturday night, according to multiple reports. The soon to be free agent guard was considering the Cavs, but has chosen South Beach instead.



LeBron James, who also spurned Cleveland for Miami in 2010, confirmed earlier Friday the Cavs had interest in Johnson, but stopped short of saying he would reach out to him.



“He knows that we want him,” James said. “If he decides to come here, it’d be great. If not, then we’ll continue to move on with what we have.”



James and Johnson were teammates on the 2006 FIBA World Championship team that finished a disappointing third. James wanted the Cavs to acquire Johnson in a trade last summer, one source with knowledge of the trade talks said, but his $25 million contract was too much to swallow. Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets negotiated a buyout Thursday and Johnson is expected to clear waivers Saturday.



“He’s a great piece for any team,” James said Friday morning. “If we’re lucky enough to get him, he would mean something to us. If not, we have enough here to compete.”



Johnson is a 6-foot-7 guard who can play inside or outside and can defend multiple positions. He even played some power forward last season under former Nets coach Lionel Hollins.



Johnson and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue were teammates with the Atlanta Hawks, but league rules prevent Lue from speaking at length about prospective free agents.



“He’s a nice guy,” Lue said. “He’s a great guy.”

 Johnson and Cavs forward Kevin Love share an agent in Jeff Schwartz, but the two players are not overly close.



Johnson’s move to Miami leaves the Cavs still searching the free agent pool for buyout candidates. Kevin Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves are negotiating a buyout on his contract, ESPN reported.



Martin, 33, was born in Zanesville. He is a sharpshooter who has struggled a bit this season and is a liability defensively. He is averaging 10.6 points and shooting 37-percent from 3-point range. He is a career 39-percent shooter from deep.