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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.

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  1. Michael Pfannenstiel - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM


  2. CK Dexter Haven - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    “That would be a selfless act at a time when the preference seems to be hour-long television specials to announce your decision.”
    Isn’t the hour-long tv show being produced by Lebron’s people, with the proceeds donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs charities? I thought THAT was a selfless act – to capitalize on the interest in this signing by creating your own media entity for the purpose of generating revenue for a charity. There was going to be a press conference anyway, for which the networks would be making money. By doing this, Lebron takes control the media exploitation and directs the money to a worthy cause.
    Or, am i being overly pollyanna-ish?

  3. Frank Lopez - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    ESPN is breaking its own news every half hour; it’s ridiculous and tiresome. For my part, I’ll treat Lebron like I do with Obama, turned off and turn on again in November.

  4. It Is More Like.... - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    …the three Thugos. Basketball is all about thugs and criminals. Bosh is an irrelevant bitch. Wade and James are two dickheads. These are overpaid ego-filled thugs. They should be in prison.

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

    great. another article about “reportedly” something happening. call me when it does…

  6. mpsteel - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM


  7. That Kidd - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Solid point, I have my doubts about a LeBron Wade collaboration… who get’s ball in the clutch? Team Captain or “King” (I hate the title btw) James? Or does James become Captain of someone else’s team?

  8. Jimsjam33 - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    How many basketballs are the Heat going to be allowed to play with ? LeBron is a ball hog , as is Wade. Bosh , is a team player , but on this team he gets no glory , no kudo’s , no pats on the back . Nine minimum salary players ? What a joke .
    No championship for the Heat . Both Orlando and Atlanta will torch this 3/5ths of a basketball team .

  9. mpsteel - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM


  10. ram11 - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    What happens if Wade gets hurt – he’s not exactly a spring chicken anymore and doesn’t have the size and endurance of LeBron. And Pat Riley hasn’t put ‘jack’ together in a long time – either as a coach of a GM. I see this move as a huge mistake for LeBron if he makes it. He’d be better off either staying with the Cavs or going to the Bulls.

  11. Whatevahfugitaboutit - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    You, sir, have hit the nail on the head. Best big 3 EVER !! Shemp was a replacemnt player…

  12. JBP - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Not enough balls to go around, egos will get in the way. Who will put their ego aside for the last shot? They could make the league more exciting if they spread the talent around on different teams like the years of Bird, Magic, MJ, Drexler, Alajowan and etc.

  13. Happster - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Of course he will. When the going gets tough, the quitters get going. He’s not good enough to win by making mediocre players better, like the true legends of the sport.

  14. alan - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    The Chief/McKale/Bird

  15. Horatio - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    The NBA won’t even be any fun to watch. The Commissioner should put the Kabosh on these kind of free agent signings when they can just gather and decide to all go to one team. Think of baseball when they USED TO kill trades if they were bad for competition. Like just trying to get rid of salary. Think Oakland A’s under Charley Finley. Think Bowie Kuhn.

  16. WHO CARES - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    1. Edward/Jacob/Bella
    2. Bush/Cheney/Rove
    3. Three men and a baby
    4. Megatron/Starscream/Megan Fox
    5. Frodo/Sauron/Gandalf
    6. Father/Son/Holy Ghost
    7. Money/Money/Money

  17. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Karl Malone and Gary Payton weren’t the quality of Bosh/Wade/James. However Shaq and Kobe did win 3 rings together.

  18. Chris M from Los Angeles - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Bosh, James, and Wade haven’t won a title together yet either. They will have to play with two minimum-salary scrubs at all times. It will be harder than you think. Wade has a title, but it was with Shaq.

  19. Rob - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Exactly. However, although I may be a bit biased, I think you gotta give it Wade. He seems to have more of that ‘killer instinct’ when that game is on the line. Given the chance to have anyone currently playing take a last second shot, of course you’d want Kobe, but I think you gotta put DWade as #2 on that list.

  20. Phil - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Chris Broussard doesn’t exactly have the best reputation for his “breaking stories”. He’s like the new Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.
    Call me when someone with some clout reports something.

  21. Erasmus - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    E. Baylor, J. West, W. Chamberlain

  22. The Horror - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    You mean Kobe might have to settle for 5 Rings and 2 Finals MVPs? The shame of it all!

  23. Ramrod Hanley - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    That’s all any of them need is Ramrod Hanley currently of Mingo Junction, Ohio.

  24. Michael - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    This is just another example of why the NBA is not very popular among most sport’s fans. When I saw the special ESPN ran on the free agents it got me thinking. There will ony be a hand full of teams that have a remote shot at winning it all. Why bother to watch? Why bother to get excited? Better yet, why bother at all. The NBA is a good waste of TV time.

  25. Thaddeus Love - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Larry, Moe, & Curly

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