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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. Songod - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Erving, Malone, Cheeks

  2. Jimee Johnson - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Burnett, Korman, Conway!

  3. I hate haters - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Or Allen, Garnett, Pierce!

  4. Brawndo - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    And this is exactly why basketball is no fun to watch. You get two guys to jump ship, and all of a sudden its a superteam with no one even close to compete with. So now we get to sit back and watch these guys mow over everyone in their way for the next few years and compete with the same three teams for a spot in the finals.
    And the NBA wonders why they are losing ratings.

  5. Jimee Johnson - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Burnett, Korman, Conway!

  6. the shark - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    good don’t comeback ******.

  7. J - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM


  8. cantstandit - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    this guy is so irritating to listen to – he’s another loud know nothing Steve Smith wannabe – cant stand his ghetto speak vocabulary, he’s worse than the female broadcasters that chant jive and lingo; another irritant of mine

  9. WhoReallyCares - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    I’m sick of all this BS. I’m beginning to lose respect for putting on the stupid media circus. If you made your decisions, announce it already. Why do you need an hour on TV?

  10. STORYBURNcom - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Lebron is a total weenie if he thinks people are going to tune into the Lebron hour. I hope he breaks a leg walking up to the podium

  11. Clippers LA's real team - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    How about, “Overpaid, Lazy, only gets good with 10 minutes in the 4th to go”.

  12. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Jimsjam33 said …
    “LeBron is a ball hog”
    … and proved he knows nothing about LeBron.
    If anything, sometimes with the Cavs he wasn’t selfish enough. Sadly for him, with the team around him, he was forced to score a lot – because no one else could/would step up and help. There were nights when he tried to distribute – and was let down by mediocre play by his supporting cast.
    I’m no Cavs fan, but when Mo Williams is your backup plan, one has to rely on the primary plan a heck of a lot.

  13. THAMILTON - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    How about: Detlef Schrempf – Sam Perkins – Shawn Kemp – Gary Payton. The only reason they never won the Finals was due to the Chicago Bulls with Jordan…

  14. R__O__B - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Media whore? He’s donating the money earned from the Thursday show to the Boys & Girls Club……which is why he is doing it.
    And can we stop talking about Kobe, he’s complete garbage. He was the #2 option with Shaq, and the Lakers are at their best when he’s not jacking up 30 shots a game, meaning other players need to pick up HIS slack. Kobe is a product of good teammates. He’s a great scorer, but he clams up against good defenses. He sucked in the Finals……period.

  15. nick - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    On ESPN they were discussing how many years LeBron has left and how many championships he can possibly win. Even though he went straight from highschool to the NBA, he’s got a lot of miles on him, especially if you include all the playoff games he’s been in. They said he only has about 7 years left. So if he doesn’t win this year, he’s only got 6 years left to win how many rings? So he will never be better than Jordan or Kobe unless he wins every year from here on out.

  16. lbj - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    the heat will win the next 3 to 4 championships easy and win 82 games the lakers malone and payton were old as hell when they joined the lakers james and wade and bosh are still young

  17. Ken - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    You guys are missing the point here. You are all acting like taking less money is the dumbest move! What happened to players doing the right thing and taking a lower salary for the sake of having a better team? Its kind of refreshing to see players willing to take less money (which is still un-thinkable fortunes to almost all of us on this blog)for the sake of what the NBA is about….Winning! Sure its not guaranteed they’ll win a championship, but it increases their chances by A LOT if they all joined up together. The dream team kills teams! And even tho the NBA has better teams than most other countries, it still gives them a great chance to win! Lebron is as smart of a player as they come…and he doesn’t want to go down like Karl Malone, a great player with no title. Get the title and get them often! The money will come, and he is already filthy rich!

  18. VINNIE - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM


  19. sunny days - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM


  20. Greg - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Kobe and Shaq obviously did not get along… Malone and Payton were OLLLDDD. That’s why that didn’t work. I don’t know how three players will go from being to go to guy’s on their teams to this, but it worked for Boston. A Los Angeles/Miami finals will be sweet…

  21. The Real Lance - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    If this happens I will hate the Heat as much as the Lakers … GO KINGS!

  22. Henry Miller - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Sexus, Nexus, Plexus

  23. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    they were dinasors

  24. allanburnz - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    uh… may want to move #6 up to number #1

  25. benny - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    It all adds up to high ticket prices for the fans. These days one has to take out a loan to take the grandkids to a game. It is really a disgrace to be paying the salaries that athletes recieve today. The fans pay for it.

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