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LeBron reportedly considering making it three amigos in Miami

Jul 7, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

wade_bosh-James.jpgWhat was laughed at a week ago as impossible is suddenly looking like it could happen — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team in Miami. A true superteam. The three amigos together in Miami.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard — the reporter with the best connections to LeBron James right-hand-man Maverick Carter — is saying that Miami is the clear front-runner.

Team officials that made their pitch to LeBron James are now saying it is down to Cleveland and Miami.  At 10 a.m., our own Ira Windeman (writing for the Sun Sentinel) heard from a Heat source that LeBron was “still up in the air.”

The impossible could be reality. Maybe.

For this to happen, a few other things need to come together. Miami would have to get help from Toronto to have the cap space to sign all three to max deals. In a sign-and-trade deal for Bosh, Toronto would have to take on Michael Beasley — who is set to make $5 million next season — and nothing else to make cap room for the Heat. However, the Heat have been shopping Beasley since last trade deadline and have yet to find a taker.

Toronto is probably on the list of teams not wanting to take on a questionable contract. If it wants to rebuild without Bosh, they may be better off just taking back picks and gaining the massive trade exception that would come their way.

The other option is for all three players to take a little less money to play together. They would each make $15.2 million the first year and leave more than $10 million on the table over the course of the contracts. In the NBA world of finances it would be nearly unheard of to leave that money behind. It would be a selfless act at a time when the preference seems to be hour-long television specials to announce your decision (James) or making a documentary about yourself making your free agency decision (Wade and Bosh).

The other question all three have to face is this: Could a team of LeBron/Wade/Bosh and nine other minimum salary players (all that Miami could afford) really win a title?

While a couple veterans might be willing to play for the minimum to get a shot at a ring, for the most part people making the minimum are doing so for a reason. Even with three of the top players in the game, other basketball people around the league have questioned if they could win a title.

However, Heat president Pat Riley knows how to build a winner. And while it may take time, he will get pieces around them.

And watching three great players like that together, we haven’t seen that in the league since the 1980s — Bird/McHale/Parrish and Magic/Kareem/Worthy. Those would be entertaining times to revisit.

356 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Bruno Schulz ii - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    How about Barkley, Olajuwon, Drexler?

  2. KSB - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    or, Garnett/Pierce/Allen???

  3. john - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Or Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen??

  4. dl - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Didn’t work so well for the Lakers with Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone and Gary Payton…

  5. NBAFan No More - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    NBA won’t even been fun to watch. I’ll be back in 6 years when things fall apart.

  6. Mark - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Ummm… Jordan, Pippen, Rodman anyone?

  7. Ricky - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    They were not in their PRIME when they joined forces.

  8. Bobby Townsend - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I think Lebron should RETIRE therefore ESPN will go out of business only to have him change his mind three days before the start of the regular season and resign with the Cavs

  9. AB - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Right, or how about Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Payton – lost in Finals to Pistons. Injuries wrecked that crew.

  10. Mike - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Unless I’m mistaken, Barkley never won a title, with Olajuwon or anybody else. Try again.

  11. n07 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Jordan, Pippen, Rodman

  12. Guest - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Kobe will never see another ring if this deal goes through.

  13. Todd - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Payton/Bryant/Malone/Shaq (no championship, but still great players)
    This obsession with having a “Big Three” is beyond old.

  14. Alex - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Shaq, Kobe, Malone, Payton?

  15. Darkside - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Karl and Gary where past their prime so was Dream, Drexler and Barkley.

  16. JA - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    LeBron, Wade and Bosh, then the rest of the team making bare minimum salary. You need atleast 5 players to play the game and have any shot at winning the game, all 3 with no other players around them will be a losing battle.

  17. Anita - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    C’mon. unfair comparison. Malone and Payton were basically done by then, or at the very least, far from the players they had been.

  18. Sguy2130 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Is anybody ever going to rip Broussard for spreading tons of rumors and being right 20% of the time? Of course not, he’ll get credit when he finally get the correct rumor to the headlines.

  19. Notorious A.P.T - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:59 AM


  20. RJ - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Garnett/Pierce/Allen…aside from winning one ring,what have they done. No one perceives them as a dynasty. Garnett’s body is not where it was and Allen is spotty…Pierce is great. Just my take.

  21. Rob - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Call me crazy, but as a Heat fan, I’d rather see Wade, Bosh, and a couple guys like Raymond Felton, Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood than Wade, Bosh, LeBron and 9 scrubs. The superteam is a great idea, but if they don’t win a title within the first 2 years, things could get ugly, very quickly. Most of the other superstar combos mentioned here were well past their primes, but even the Celtics trio needed big games from guys like Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe and Rondo during their title run. Also, Wade and LeBron are best with the ball in their hands, and, after all, there’s only one basketball.

  22. nak - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    When is ESPN going to issue the gag order for Chris Broussard? They can’t have him out there breaking stories that will preempt the Thrusday night 1 hour drama they probably paid a hefty sum for can they?
    I don’t see how this can possible happen. The news will leak, ruin the suspense and they will probably even report it on the Sports Center leading up to the Thusday night hoopla.

  23. Who cares-Bosh is Wade's lackey - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:04 PM


  24. jim - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Kobe Bryant destroyed that crew by shooting 38% from the floor and averaging 2 assists a game while Shaq was still dominant. Luke Walton avg 5 assists a game in that series playin 20 minutes a game !!

  25. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I never realized Barkley ever won an NBA Ring

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