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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. Tiger Woods - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    I only get to name three?

  2. Rome - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Man you guys dont get it… YOu cannot compare 3 “very good players” to 3 future legends, everyone you have listed here does not count as any comparison! Washed up Malone & Payton dont even equate to one prime time future legend, Rodman was weak, Ray Allen was on his way out when he was traded for, Dumars is no wade, Drex and crew were close, and i’d have to say the Lakers 3-some with Kareem, Magic, and Worthy was the closest but keep this in mind, what if (while in their primes)Jordan, Magic, and Karl Malone played on the same team… Now that is a better comparison! This potential 3 man monster potential has never been seen before in this league! Never

  3. Ojibway Bob - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    I think I heard from a source (lol) that LeBron was comin to Toronto…..would that not blow everyone away????

  4. dre - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    kobe has 5 rings. 5!. the hype over lebron may be ok for the media , and lebron twitter followers, but the fact remains that Kobe never had to do this. Catch up Lebron, Wade, and Bosh. Ok Wade has one. The truth here is KOBE HAS 5 !!!!

  5. Jimi - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Bench, Bench, Bench….the teams that lost in the playoffs this year had little bench strength. So three guys playing 48 minutes with no injuries? I dont think so.

  6. Greg - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I don’t care at all where James ends up and I don’t care about Cleveland as a team or as a city.
    But I do 100% agree that if he puts on this ESPN TV show only to tell Cleveland “good bye”, he is a real SOB !

  7. South Beach Joe - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Lovin’ life in sunny south florida. How about all you haters out there?
    If basketball and winning IS the most important thing for LeBron, as he has said, punch his ticket to Miami. If it’s about ego and money, who cares where he goes. He won’t win as much as with buds Wade and Bosh. ‘Bron knows this big time.
    Just waiting to see if he sells out or not. Still lovin’ life in south florida no matta what, y’all!

  8. bballfanintexas - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    If we are lucky, LeBron will sign with a Russian team so we won’t have to put up with his egocentric behavior. What a jackass!

  9. jose garcia - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    lebron,wade,bosh bring them on lakers will win it with the three amigos on the same team cause of one name kobe 5 going for number 6

  10. lol - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    lol Father/son/holy ghost

  11. Maurice306 - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Funny that everyone seems to think that Miami, (if LeBron signs) will win the next 10 championships. Dreamteams don’t win championships, TEAMS do! You’re looking at a team with three superstars. Lebron has already proven that he can’t handle critism. What happens when Wade tells the press that they lost a game because LeBron wouldn’t pass the ball?
    Chemistry is what wins games…so soon we’ve forgotten the Supersonic, and Trailblazers of the 80’s and 90’s. Teams full of superstars at the time. There’s only one ball on the court at a time.

  12. please - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    The three clowns won’t form a real team – they aren’t durable, don’t play good defense unless it has a chance of showing up on Sportscenter, and don’t know what winning is about.
    They won’t make it out of the East, let alone beat the Lakers.
    Bynum and Gasol and Artest >>> Bosh, LeBron, and anyone else. Artest will make LeQueen go to the bench with another phantom injury.
    Kobe >>>> Wade
    The Lakers defense will kill these clowns – Kobe and Ron 15+ All NBA Defense 1st Teamers. Three 7 footers in the paint, it won’t even be close assuming the the 3 Gaimigos could get to the Finals.

  13. D - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    D’Artagnan may have something to say about that…

  14. DW - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    The question is…Can Lebron and Wade check there enormious egos at he door EVEYNIGHT over the next 3-5 years? This is Wades team right now but will it remain Wades team after adding Bosch & James?
    Derek Jeter was the King of NYC and the Yankees when the “Best player to every play the game” was added to the roster. (A-ROD) That was over 5 years ago, and it still remains Jeter’s team no matter how many homeruns or RBI’s A-Rod gets.
    The point being can these 2 top players with all the endorsments and all the added pressure of everyone expecting a Championship really make it a TEAM that can go all the way? I don’t know but I believe we will find out sonn enough.

  15. T-Bone - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Lakers 3-Peat w/ Game 7 vs. the Heat in LA-the Bigs on the Lakers will dominate the Inside, leaving LeBron and Wade shooting airball 3’s w/ Kobe and Artest in their Faces!
    Showtime dominates-get used to it East Coast Losers!

  16. walkandtalk - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Great point! However, A-Rod was in love with Jeter and his rings. So A-rod would have done alomost anything to get that Ring and Jeters sloppy 2nd’s. (oh, is that Jeter’s #?)

  17. WFAN - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    ***VOTE>> NICK SWISHER**** AL All-Star Vote.

  18. ???? - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    he is going to Knicks. Bet your kids on it!!! -(inside man)

  19. heat sweeper - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    i heard the same thing that lebron james will be on the knicks next year. my boss told me that on monday.

  20. 6 - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    soon… favorite bb team.

  21. Best Team Ever - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    There is no debate, MJ/Pippen/Rodman: THE BEST big 3 of all time. 72-10 NBA best regular season EVER. NBA Champs 1996,1997,1998

  22. JOHN BANYOTS - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:58 PM


  23. Sparky B. - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Oscar, Kareem and Bobby Danridge(sp?)

  24. kanefirepro9* - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    what about the olympic team, the played together on that team, also adding the biggest ball hog in the league Kobe, and they were able to play together and share the ball. Yes it wasnt the NBA but the threesome will be able to play together and win title together. If they all take a pay cut it should show how serious they are all and how unselfish they are. Give the guy a break, imagine how much pressure he is under at the present time. He is still a young man that is handling the pressure well. Everything in life is about money why do we all have jobs, and wouldnt we all want a raise, cut the man a little slack

  25. Milch-on-sports - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    How about Frazier Debuscherre and Reed of the Old Knicks?
    Dr. J, Kenon and Melchione of the Nets?
    Haldeman, Erlichmann and Dean, under Nixon’s coaching in Washington?

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