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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. dumdown - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Best things come in 3’s
    the Good/The Bad/The Ugly
    Shall I go on?
    No way Wade/Bosh/James wins a championship though. Besides them the rest of Miami’s roster barely has a pulse ( Q. Richardson, J O’Neal,Beasley and Haslem)
    Sorry thats not going to beat LA and would probably have their hands full with Orlando and Boston.
    Stay in Cleveland…you wont win a ring there anytime soon, but you’ll still be King!

  2. D - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    You guys have to remember…dennis rodman was 6’6″ playing center! LeBron is 6’8 running past little guards. that bulls team should easily be #1 on the list

  3. e_r - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Nah, Barkley/Drexler/Olajuwon was in the twilight of their careers…doesn’t count. Same thing when Malone and Payton tried to catch a piece of Laker magic at the end.

  4. Jimmy's An Idiot - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Posts how he hates basketball on a basketball blog.
    Good job, Whitey.

  5. UPerve - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Are you the guy that plays with little boys.

  6. Big Al - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    What about Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra?

  7. Pat Riley - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    I’m thinking of getting back into coaching.
    How’s my hair look?

  8. H25 - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    At one pundit, when discussing the NBA, put it on a certain business network this morning: The most worthless sport in America. Just make it a giant reality show. I would like to ask David Stern “At what point did you officially sell out and decide character and team no longer matter”

  9. Big Al - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Perhaps, Athos, Aramis & Porthos?

  10. H25 is A Moralizing Blowhard - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Go spout your virtue on the SI board.

  11. QUACK QUACK - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Banks, Conway, Goldberg

  12. Old Guy - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM


  13. Kervokian - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    You been making out with your sister again.

  14. Really - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    …stop being a hater Kobe!

  15. Chuck - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Add this group to the list: Meadowlark Lemon, Curly Neal, Marques Haynes

  16. Big Al - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer?

  17. Big Al - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Groucho, Harpo, and Gummo!

  18. Big Al - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Alvin, Simon & Theodore!

  19. aaron - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    3 True Superstars on the same team who almost were all in the prime in the time

  20. Really's Sister - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Jealous, b*tch?

  21. Snoman - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    If Lebron leaves Cleveland, will Cleveland vanish or will both buildings and that factory still be there?

  22. buff - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    geddy lee/alex lifeson/neil peart

  23. michelle - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM


  24. White People - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Blah, blah, blah.

  25. buff - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    geddy lee/alex lifeson/neil peart

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