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Your latest LeBron rumor: He and Bosh to Miami with Wade. It doesn't work, yet…

Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

LeBron_stares.jpgUPDATE 7:46 pm: ESPN salary cap guru Larry Coon blew this idea of Wade/Bosh/LeBron out of the water tonight. Here were his comments on twitter:

If they re-sign Wade, waive Jones & renounce all other FAs, they will have $27,596,027 cap room. Bron/Bosh are $16,568,908 each.

So one or both of them would have to take a steep pay cut as things stand now. Good luck with that.

But things also could change — if the Heat can find someone to take on Beasley for cap space. Something that Pat Riley has worked on and our own Ira Winderman has written about. If Beasley were moved it could free up the money needed to sign all three. Hasn’t happened yet, but it could. Riley could even have a potential landing place waiting, just if he needs to pull the trigger.

9:13 am: How about all of the big three from this year’s free agent crop — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — all teaming up together in Miami, with Pat Riley as coach?

That’s the new rumor. There will be new ones every hour on the hour, but this is the one right now.

It comes via Stephen A. Smith, who certainly has some NBA contacts but also is a big self-promoter, likes to say things that will draw the spotlight to himself and misses on plenty. So, make sure you have plenty of salt with you.

There are a lot of questions here, starting with how well Wade and LeBron would really pair on the court. Both are ball-dominating perimeter players, to pair them means you are taking the ball out of one of their hands half the time. How often would they feed Bosh in the post? That’s a lot of ego to keep happy.

The bigger question is: Would it be good for the league to have a “super team?”

The NFL thrives on competitive balance. The NBA has been more about the dynasties, but to make a dynasty work there has to be a genuine challenge. The Lakers have two titles in a row but they were pushed about as far as they can be by Boston this year. The great Bulls teams had a series of challengers, from Cleveland and Utah, among others. That team rose above, but they were pushed.

It looks like some kind of powerhouse will emerge from whatever LeBron, Wade and Bosh do. But wouldn’t LeBron and Bosh in Chicago be more interesting if Wade and say Amare Stoudemire were in Miami to challenge them? Then the winner gets the Lakers in the finals. Real competition. That is what the league needs.

  1. clo3o5 - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    On second thought… I’m a douche.

  2. Memo - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Any team that gets both LBJ and Bosh will automatically be a major contender. I don’t think these guys can do no wrong in deciding where to go, if they do so together. They’ll get paid, and have a great shot at a title no matter where they end up.

  3. Mike Cole - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    If lebron ever wants to be considered the best ever the chi would be the place for him he won’t be in Michael jordans shadow he would be beside it and bosh game would elevate so much it would be crazy so bosh and the king come on in to the windy city and blow a ring our way the city needs to be woken up

  4. C-town - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    If LeBron bolts Cleveland for another team, he will be routinely booed and vilified in Cleveland and his hometown of Akron. I wonder how much that will play into his decision.

  5. Ned Ludd - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    The NBA is worried about competition? Really? A league that has had just 2 teams win over half the championships?
    As I recall, the league grew when Boston dominated the ’60s and when Chicago dominated the ’90s. The NBA is based on stars. Dominate teams create big stars. Big stars create big money. Big money creates happy owners how hire big stars. Repeat.

  6. mannyfresh - Jun 28, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Let the SUPER team legacy begin!!!!

  7. PatThe Rat - Jun 28, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    LeBron would be crazy to go to Chicago. He would have to be perfect or hear how much better Jordan did it everyday.
    If he truly cares about winning, the only way he beats the Lakers is with Wade and Bosh in Miami.

  8. chili22 - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Umm, Kurt, you and Larry Coon might want to read a couple of Miami papers before you say that it can’t work. If Riley trades Beasley they have an extra $5 million to spend- puts them almost right on the number.

  9. lakerfan - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    If LeBron wants a championship next year, he should sign a contract with the Lakers. Of course he wouldn’t get max dollars, but if winning is important to him why not sigh with a sure thing. Laker players and managment know how to win! After he gets the taste of one, he can then sign with the Bulls or the Heat. Besides, Laker history with Baylor, West, Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Shaq and Kobe is much more enticing than Chicago’s or Miami’s.

  10. Jeff - Jun 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    ummmmm…ever hear of the Larry Bird exception??
    If we sign Bosh, and Lebron before Wade re-signs we are ALLOWED to go over the cap to re-sign him, as well as Udonis Haslem for that matter.
    So, you and Larry Croon need to do a little research on the matter and get your facts correct.

  11. Tonyhix - Jun 28, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Of course it would be a good thing to have a superteam in the league. It has happened before, just more by draft than by free agency. Dr. J, Mo Cheeks and Moses Malone with the Sixers. Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish in Boston. Magic, Kareem and Worthy in L.A. The NBA needs polarizing, dominant teams to be loved or hated by all. Look at the Yankees and the Cowboys. Anyone think it’s a bad idea in those sports?

  12. Critmark - Jun 28, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    I don’t see the egos involved putting Wade, Bosh & LBJ on the same team. Not enough ball for Wade & LBJ so Bosh would never go for it. He would get more ball in LA than Miami.
    Speaking of egos, as has been pointed out, would LBJ really want to play in the shadow of MJ if Chicago is his choice? If he wins five titles he is still second banana. Six and he is ‘elevated’ to the other guy.
    NJ is interesting for several reasons but at the end of the day, a LBJ/Bosh deal in NY best fits the egos and greed. Bring two or three titles there and they are gods in Gotham.
    All that said, LBJ & Amare in NY, Boozer joins Wade in Miami and Bosh is a Laker.

  13. Jay - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    That would be a big 3 to end all big 3’s. Kobe/Gasol/Artest is pretty good, Lebron/Bosh/Wade would make me crap my pants. I’d be glad they’re in the East at least.

  14. cygnus-x1 - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    hey these bozoa have done alot of talking about how how it’s not about the money but championships so now is there chance to prove it.if that realy is the case then there should be no peoblem about cap space they should just sign for as little as it takes for them all to be on the same team and have ebough money left for supporting players.look I don’t begrudge them the massive amounts of money they make but don’t insult us by thinking fans are stupid enough to believe that it is not about money!

  15. dave - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    bunch of meat head fans here.
    A dynasty requires a great cast of supporting players players. Lebron and Bosh going to Miami sounds enticing but lacks imagination, what happens when the starters get into foul trouble? Will they just fall apart when the bench players hit the floor?
    the yankees and cowboys have proven that throwing together high priced free agents off the market does not mean championships, it betters your chances but does not guarantee.
    there seems to be more reasons why lebron would go to the bulls.
    1. thibideau’s defense has defeated him before, he wants to be coached and stars around the league like Kobe have respect thibideau’s defense.
    2. lebron DOES have children, he’s not another talented playboy like Derek Jeter. Being in Chicago would provide comfort for him because he’s in the mid west.
    3. Derrick Rose is one of the rising stars in the league and showed him a lot in the playoffs.
    4. Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah provide great defense and rebounding, more importantly hustle, which the Cavs lacked
    5. I’m not sold on Chris Bosh, he might be good but he’ll never be great. He scores a lot of points before his Free Agent year on a BAD TEAM! Every team has a player who has to score the points like >>>>Danny Granger
    6. Jordan played in Chicago 12 YEARS AGO! A lot of people have lost respect for him because of his obvious bad relationship with the bulls front office and his Hall of Fame speech really showed the public how bad he really is.

  16. Ed - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    You dudes are nuts.

  17. NBA Fan - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    If you live in Miami you have to look at this and drool! If you live anywhere else (and are not a Heat fan) you look at this and go, WTF? Seriously, three guys determining the fate of the NBA. I have to think that, if this were to occur, the Heat would be close to unbeatable. Why would anyone bother watching the NBA? Of course, the Yankees have tried the same thing and i hasn’t worked to bring AS MANY championships as it looks like on paper they should have won. But still, if the tables were reversed and the teams were getting together to do this, it would be obvious collusion. These guys do it, and it FEELS just as scummy.
    Oh well, who knows if it is even true, but it sure makes me loose some respect for the players involved.

  18. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Lebron should come to the Lakers and join Phil, Kobe and I in a vast ocean of ecstasy and joy!
    As King of the Hobbits, I can promise Lebron much success and happiness!
    Lakers are my vessel forever!

  19. yerovy - Jun 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    AGREEDD bring em to south beach!!

  20. lark - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    Lebron to the Bulls (as a Bulls fan) I’m stoked about the next season. If Lebron (and Bosh) goes to Miami I will find myself drawn to the games to watch in hopes that the Bulls with the mighty Rose, Noah, and whatever free agent they can land (Stoudamire, Johnson?) could perhaps get lucky and defeat the Heat. I’m looking forward to the next season, but I’llbe looking forward to it a lot more with James, Rose, Bosh, Noah, and Deng as a starting 5.

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