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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. andrew - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    yawn… James doing an hour long special on HIMSELF is ridiculous to just announce his decision. I love that the proceeds are going to boys and girls club but you are an idiot if you think this is not self serving. He has a ton of extra cash, just make a donation! As far as basketball, he should go to Chicago or NY. Not enough ball-time for Wade and LBJ to share and get all they want. I will laugh when it all falls apart in Miami. He could get it and have it all in Chicago or NY. If he stays in Cleveland they will never be anything more than a playoff team and will never win the finals there. Unfortunately that’s probably where he will end up… too bad. I was all ready for a major shake up and its turning out to be nothing but a fizzle… BORING. When does football start???

  2. kyote - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Hmmm?.. “Kobe” that name does ring a bell?? Is he that guy who raped that girl in Colorado??

  3. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Everyone is napping on RUN TMC
    Tim Hardaway
    Mitch Richmond
    Chris Mullen

  4. crapmaster - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    “because they are black and rich, they are thugs.”
    You are the jack@ss that brought race into it. But, as long as you brought it up, yes, many black NBA (and footabll) athletes are thugs and criminals. Being rich doesn’t mean you are no longer a thug.
    You, sir, are a dick.

  5. Joe - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham
    Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon

  6. the shark - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    U r right about the injuries. they better not get hurt. one other note. u need 5 players not 3. From history of the NBA super player joining forces, u only see that every 10 years or more as been successful joint. U don’t know what u r going to get with all 3 players playing and what kind of chemistry they r going to have when the game is on the line. Good thing that Boston players(Allen, Pierce & Garnett) was able to put their ego aside. Its takes a good coach to keep their ego down. I feel sorry for Miami head coach. Good luck Miami.

  7. Rick - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Crosby Stills Nash

  8. BJ - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Both Barkley and Drexler were WAY past their prime by the time they made their last stops in Houston.

  9. Smith - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    All missing one point.
    These three players are buddies out side the court. When compare with Kobe/Shaq /Malone/Payton.

  10. terry - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    If this does happen, how long does anyone out there think it will take before it all falls apart? There is only one basketball, there is only so much ink, there is only so much adulation.
    Who is going to take Beasly? This whole thing is beyond absurd.
    thankfully it will soon be over

  11. God - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Father, Son, Holy Ghost

  12. the shark - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Dude u suck. I guess u like LB. Might as well be his groupy girlfriend.

  13. btb - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    If this does actually happen and they don’t win a ring in their first year together….let the finger pointing, blame game and I demand a trade fall out to take place.

  14. nick - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    I used to be a Kobe hater and some of the things you say about him choking when the D is tight are true, but you can not deny his greatness any longer. 5 rings. More than Shaq. Without Shaq. Now I might agree that the league is weak and there are no great teams to challange the Lakers. And the Lakers aren’t one of the greatest teams of all time. Oklahoma is the only team in the West that gave the Lakers a tough time. And the Eastern teams are weak too. Orlando, Cavs and Celtics. None of them are great teams. But Kobe is great and no longer will I deny it. Nor should you. But he’s no Jordan that is for sure.

  15. Darren - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    What about Larry, Moe, and Curly?

  16. Nick - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Or Moe/Larry/Curly???

  17. zabac - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Three big stars does not guarantee an NBA title. In the 1960s the Lakers thought they had it made when they had Chamberlain, West and Baylor together. This combination never won an NBA title. It was only when Baylor retired and was replaced by a role player (McMillan)that they finally won a championship.

  18. Evil - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Hear, See, Speak

  19. Evil - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Hear No, Speak, No, See No

  20. easily distracted - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    groucho, harpo and chico
    tinker to evers to chance
    dino, desi and billy
    winken, blinken and nod
    the last three are about what I think of the whole scenario

  21. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Thats why they are called rumors, because most of the time they are not true.

  22. kyote - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Na’ I don’t really like NBA,..the new WWF fake for real….
    Lakers / Boston matchup?? come on,..really??? geez didn’t see that one coming
    But I do hate when criminals get away with it because there rich and famous

  23. easily distracted - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    groucho, harpo and chico
    tinker to evers to chance
    dino, desi and billy
    winken, blinken and nod
    the last three are about what I think of the whole scenario

  24. Jesus - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Get a life…no on is interested in your politics!

  25. Donald Duck - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Huey, Dewey, Louie

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