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

    jack@$$ . because they are black and rich, they are thugs. because you are not, that makes you judge and jury ? NO – just obviously bitter.

  2. Deuce - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Kobe/Gasol/Fisher/ARTEST/Artest’s psychiatrist. Go ahead, put up your “superteam”. One injury (lebron’s elbow? Wade’s back/knees/shoulder/anything?) and its back to two stars and a bunch of nobodys. Good luck with that Miami!
    And I agree with the poster who said they would rather watch a team with Wade/Bosh and some regular guys with at least a few decent players. Lebron should go to the Bulls, thats an interesting squad right there. Better than watching this superteam barrel through weak-ass Eastern conference teams all year then blow it in the playoffs when one guy gets injured.

  3. CapSil - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Where is Horace Grant mentioned for the first three?

  4. Gusto - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    I don’t care who the leading LBJ contender is. I don’t care at all if reports say he “might” join team A or B. Let me know when he announces his decision. Until then, it’s just a bunch of noise. I can wait.own

  5. EDOG - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    If LeBron goes on National Television to stab Cleveland in the heart, he becomes more hated than Art Modell.

  6. DrVenom - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    The donation to the Boys/Girls club is a cover so that he can get a lot of face time for HIMSELF! The media is to blame for some of this, but this act has made me not like him so much. I hope he never gets a title no matter where he is.

  7. Joey - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Wow, Chicago doesn’t even get MENTIONED any more as a possibility. Great city, plenty of cap space…How poorly must their front office come off in these free agent interviews? If this keeps going, Paxson will have to find somebody new to punch out.

  8. Rob - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Do you happen to watch baseball?

  9. R2Three - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Kobe doesn’t have to win another ring. I think he has etched his name in stone in the history books of the NBA. However, if LeBron does dummy up and go to Miami, he’ll be lucky if he wins another MVP let alone an NBA Championship. Bosh is over-rated without a doubt and Wade is injury prone and not at the prime of his career anymore. Mistake if LeBron goes to Miami, huge mistake. I doubt that Miami would even make it past Boston if this were to happen.

  10. Dandog32 - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Kobe/Gasol/and the rest of the Lakers vs. Pat Riley’s Wade/Bosh/LeBron….another made for TV NBA Final….

  11. Vic Vick - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Gotta add Shimp and Joe so this is not a valid 3-some lol

  12. Markosb - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    The later two were at the end of their careers.

  13. Carmelo - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Lebron is not going to the heat and in my humble opinion its between the Knicks and Cleveland and I have a feeling that he will sign with the Knicks.

  14. fiveiron - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Which one will go broke first?

  15. Markosb - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    The later two were at the end of their careers.

  16. steve - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    what about kobe , kobe and kobe ???

  17. Celtic Green - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Bill Russell and any other two Celtics!

  18. Parrot - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, LeBron is not going to play with Wade because Wade will always have one more ring than LeBron. Assuming they can win a championship together.

  19. uofmcasey - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    WHO CARES? I’m so sick of hearing about this 24/7; this is a non-story until he announces where he’s going. And seriously, a one-hour special on ESPN? Give us a break, PLEASE. What a media whore; can’t stand him. Just let your agent make a statement and let’s worry about the more important things going on in this world!

  20. Vick Vick - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Why not sign with the Knicks? Amare should have a steady hand in possibly taking king (with a small k) James to the next level…. not likely but better chances there than in the home state where he is now. Either way he won’t win a ring in the next two or three years.

  21. Chogo - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Meaningless way for Lebron to get rings. The young players these days have no understanding of honor and tradition. Magic Johnson would have won 10 rings had he joined Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, but it wouldn’t have meant anything. What made them the greatest is they won rings with role players around them as true teams. Is Lebron really this desperate? Hope he has more class than this.

  22. Horus - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Erving, Malone, Cheeks

  23. dwaynewade1 - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    News update… Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade to Miami… Followed by….King James=The Biggest Baddest Big Three the NBA will ever see…do I smell Dynasty on South Beach… Cavs Fans… Book Miami Heat Season Tickets while they are still available because not only will it be cold and depressing in Cleveland, but there will be nothing in Cleveland to offer besides cold winters and depressing summers without Bron Bron…

  24. Songod - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Erving, Malone, Cheeks

  25. fiveiron - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Baylor retired early in the Lakers’ 1972 championship season. He was replaced by Jim McMillan.

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