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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.

356 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sally Burnell - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Ehlo/Price/Dauhgerty of the Cavs? Were it not for “The Shot” by Michael Jordan, they might have won an NBA Championship.

  2. Sally Burnell - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Ehlo/Price/Daugherty of the Cavs? Were it not for “The Shot” by Michael Jordan, they might have won an NBA Championship.

  3. iamdmrae - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    YOU SAID THE MAGIC WORDS “ROLE PLAYERS” THATS WHAT BASKETBALL IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT AT LEAST WINNING BASKETBALL IS.IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TEAM GAME AND THAT IS THE WAY IT WORKS BEST.THE CELTICS HAVE WON OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE THEY BLENDED A GRAT PLAYER OR TWO WITH PLAYERS WHO KNEW THEIR ROLES WHETHER THEY HAD 1, 2, 3,4,OR 5 GREAT PLAYERS ON SOME OF THOSE TEAMS MAY BE ARGUED BY GUYS LIKE US BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN THEY ALL PLAYED UNSELFISHLY. WILL THAT EVER HAPPEN HERE IN THIS AGE OF MONEY RULES. I DOUBT IT, NOT FOR LONG ANYWAY.

  4. KFICC - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    He will be signing in New York. Enjoy it!! It is the right play for him and the Lebron brand. They will put a championship squad together with in two years. King of the Garden!!! The only question would be is how many years it would take him to become that billionaire he wants to be. Only the King of New York can pull that off. Not 1 of 3 stars in Miami. Then he will get the East-West publicity to follow which would only drive his stock thru the roof. Can’t wait to see him at opening night in the garden. For all those counting out my Knicks, the reigns of Isiah are finally coming off, watch out. And just wait til Isiah’s final gift to New york, Mr. Eddy Curry, comes off the books. They are a lock for the championship then and Lebron knows it.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Your a clown!!!!! Broussard has been the one whos knowlegde and insides have made yhis free agency

  6. noblelucas - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Amen Mark, you get my vote on the best big three of late, behind
    Magic Johnson’s Lakers and Bird’s Celtics

  7. Ben - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    If Lebron signs with the Heat, imagine how Cleveland will feel like…heart broken and they will probably boo him …also it will ruin his rep with comparisons to kobe and jordan …both kobe and jordan stayed on 1 team only

  8. Cisco - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Hello… they were all past their primes…
    This is Wade the OLDEST at 28. With Bosh and Lebron YET TO PEAK physically.
    No comparison to them except maybe Bird/Magic/McHale who were all similarly in their rough primes…

  9. the shark - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    U tell’m wow. I think he’s still stupid.

  10. Roby - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Wow. You are an idiot.

  11. Josh - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Put Wade and Lebron together with Bosh and questionable coaching and everyone will see they’re not that great and there’s only one ball from them to hog.
    Anyways HELLO Lebron obviously is going to the Knicks. It’s so transparently obvious.

  12. Josh - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Actually Nash, Shaq and Stoudemire in Phoenix were pretty impressive… how many league MVPs is that? And Stoudemire is incredibly good.
    Of course they had D’Antoni coaching them, so how far can they really get.

  13. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    how bout larry, moe and curly

  14. Norman - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    You are all correct. History has shown superstars in 1 team… Havlicek, Russel and Coosy (all hall of famers)of the fabled Boston Celtics is another team among those you guys mentioned. They won more titles than any team in history. They got good roles players as well.

  15. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Just what you said, “Kobe”! Kobe depends on Kobe.

  16. decency123 - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Wow.. racist anyone?! Sure you could argue that these players have ego and all other things, but what is undeniable is that these athletes WORK HARD. They have the motivation, talent, dedication and drive to be at the top of their profession. Thugs? I think not! These guys are getting paid lots of money doing what they LOVE. Which is more than most of us can say here. Most people don’t even have the cajones to go after their dream career. Resorting to racists and ignorant comments just makes you look like a small, pathetic, jealous human being (if you can even be called that!)

  17. homer carnes - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Except for a very small circle, no one cares where he plays the childrens game.

  18. homer carnes - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Kobe is no rapist, he just fell into the oldest trap since Adam. Except, now, it pays big money per piece, and she has bragging rights. There is no more shame, sickO.

  19. Homer Carnes - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    You are sick !

  20. Richard Cranium - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Why are you not considering Mantle/Berra/Skowron… and all three were crackers to boot!

  21. David D - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Are you people serious?? With these 3 together, it will be one blow out after another, night after night!! I think it will be great for the game and rekindle interest. And all those criticizing LeBron for having a TV show to announce it, get real!!
    Everyone interested in his decision has been reading article after article that you have written to try to make sure we know the latest. He is doing us all a service. We don’t have to guess when or where we will find out. I can’t wait!! Miami will sell out 82 games home and away! Love it!!!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    how many rings since w reed was on the floor” ? 0. this team will never win anything. The ony team Pat Riley did not win with. All the money in the world & nothing in close to 40 years. Boys have to dream.

  23. bert - Jul 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    you are all to young :
    Russell, sam jones, havlichek
    reed, frazier and monroe
    malone , jones and hollins (i think that was the guard)
    jabar, dandridge and oscar

  24. honey - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    you are so right you must be old school I was brought up on basketball and football my dad had 4 girls how about jerry west

  25. just saying (my opinon) - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    First of all lebron will never win a NBA title until he humbles himself and realizes he has a ways to go. He should have never gotten rookie of the year. It should have been given to Wade or Anthony they both took their teams to the finals in their first year. The hype behind him is ridicules. I know the creators of the puppets of him and Kobe lost alot of money it will never happen. The news media and the sports world along with alot of fans spoiled him. I am not hating I am just saying. He should stay in Cleveland (his team). The Heat is Wade’s team I hope he doesn’t go in thinking otherwise. I would have loved to see Wade go to Orlando the next Championship team. The MVP for the season should have went to Kevin Durant (OKC). Follow him he is going to be awesome.

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