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LeBron reportedly considering making it three amigos in Miami

Jul 7, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

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.

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  1. Big Al - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Show us your t*ts.

  2. Jim - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Truthfully speaking, the NBA hasn’t been fun to watch for years. The legitimacy of this “sport” is maybe a tick above WWE wrestling. It’s been clear for years that the refs tilt their calls (especially in the playoffs) toward teams that will generate better viewership ratings for the NBA. Add to that the admission of at least one former NBA ref that he was trying to fix games to win his own bets, and it’s another strike at the legitimacy of this game. Now, you have players actively colluding to build “dream teams” to “win” the championships, and you might as well just give it up and call it “sports entertainment.” Let’s face it, there’s very little defense in the pro game anyway, focusing instead on the drama of slam dunks and hard drives to the basket.
    Fortunately, there’s still college basketball for those of us who actually enjoy the sporting aspect, rather than the “entertainment” aspect, of the game.

  3. Jim's Boring Spiel - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Maybe we should stop putting me out there all the time, I think we’re boring people to f*cking death.

  4. Big John - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Why would anyone wanting a championship take LeBron, He is nothing but a quitter.

  5. alets - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    I don’t see why all of you are so worried about Phil Jackson’s return. Anybody can win with MJ/Scottie, Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Gasol.

  6. pride - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Tinkers, Evers, & Chance

  7. New Hampshre - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    me, myself and I….that threesome explains these egos, I think, ergo

  8. loungefly - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Agree JA. Unless they get some savy players willing to take min $, they will have bigtime weaknesses in which every team will expose. The team would be too top heavy. I can’t think of 2 (I guess a Center and Point Guard) potential-starting FA willing to play for nothing. Who would do that? If they did, would they be able to compete? The bench would stink.
    Okay…just for fun:
    SG – Wade
    PG – ? (someone like a Farmar or nate robinson?)
    SF – James
    PF – Bosh
    C – ? (hmmm…Mbenga? Shaq(haha)?)
    Bench: ???????

  9. Mr Florida - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Real reason is that LeBron doesn’t want to pay New York taxes on his big paycheck. That’s why no high ticket players want to go to NY. Knicks will suck forever. NY doesn’t like it, maybe they should stop robbing their residents blind.

  10. WG - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    “Those would be entertaining times to revisit.”
    Not for the rest of the league and the fans in cities other than Miami… These off-balance teams that are permissible under the current salary structure are what kill small market clubs. What team will be able to sell well in the NBA with this to contend with? Fans want to think their team can contend. If this happens, how many teams stand a chance at a ring? The league should block BS like this from happening. It’s the F’n Yankees all over again.

  11. New Hampshire - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    me, myself and I….that threesome explains these egos, I think, ergo
    Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail

  12. WG - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    “Those would be entertaining times to revisit.”
    Not for the rest of the league and the fans in cities other than Miami… These off-balance teams that are permissible under the current salary structure are what kill small market clubs. What team will be able to sell well in the NBA with this to contend with? Fans want to think their team can contend. If this happens, how many teams stand a chance at a ring? The league should block BS like this from happening. It’s the F’n Yankees all over again.

  13. loungefly - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Agree JA. Unless they get some savy players willing to take min $, they will have bigtime weaknesses in which every team will expose. The team would be too top heavy. I can’t think of 2 (I guess a Center and Point Guard) potential-starting FA willing to play for nothing. Who would do that? If they did, would they be able to compete? The bench would stink.
    Okay…just for fun:
    SG – Wade
    PG – ? (someone like a Farmar or nate robinson?)
    SF – James
    PF – Bosh
    C – ? (hmmm…Mbenga? Shaq(haha)?)
    Bench: ???????

  14. Goldilocks - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Just don’t break into their house and try to eat their sh*t.

  15. daniel - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    these three and still wont be better than the lakers! who else is gonna be in that team . is alonzo coming out of retirement too! in the east there wont be any challenge, but in the west u know who’s waiting for the supposed super team. we r the lake show u here me!

  16. Tony - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    King James will hold the press conference in Greenwich, Conn tomorrow. This is looking good for the NY Knicks.

  17. WG - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    If that was really true, the Yankees would never be able to field the teams they do.

  18. Mr. Florida - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Like A-Rod and Texiera Sabathia and A’mare.
    Go back into the Gold Club, the sun must be getting to you.

  19. dustinWbrown - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    WHAT MIN WAGE BALLER WOULD TURN DOWN SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY….
    What a chance to make a name for yourself and learn from the best, win a ring….
    I dont see them having any issues recruiting a supporting cast.
    AND SERIOUSLY, LIVING IN MIAMI while PLAYING for the HEAT. AWESOME. Sign me up.

  20. Phillyfan - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Dr J, Moses, Jones

  21. That little ol' band from Texas - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Billy Gibbons
    Dusty Hill
    Frank Beard

  22. mark - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Larry, Curly, and Mo were the greatest trio ever.

  23. matt - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    iverson mutombo and snow???????

  24. Don't bleed blue - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and some freshman named Michael Jordan. Much better trio.

  25. uofmcasey - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    There’s no justifying this. Why can’t he can make a donation out of his own pocket. Explain to me the logic in asking for sponsorship money for TV when the one hour is ALL ABOUT HIM!!!! And what the heck is he going to talk about for an hour…oh wait, they’ll drag it out until the 59:30 mark with nothing but clips and then he’ll annouce his choice. Hope it’s Timbuktu.

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