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Heat near deal to move Beasley sign that LeBron to Miami no smokescreen

Jul 8, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for lebron_james_arty.jpgAt this point in the funhouse of mirrors that are the rumors of LeBron James’ next move, reality has been hard to tell from dead ends and distorted reflections. Everything, every reaction looked like it could be the way out.

But this afternoon, one tangible piece of evidence came though — the Heat are working very hard, and are very close apparently, to trading Michael Beasley.

That is evidence LeBron is headed to South Beach. More than the reports from multiple sources. More than the booked cabanas at the W Hotel in South Beach for a LeBron James party. More than anything.

Miami needs to move Beasley if it wants to give LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all max deal money. And Miami wants to give them max money. The fact they are busting this hard to get it done is a sign.

Ideally, the Heat would like to give Bosh a sign-and-trade max deal — six years and $127 million. Same thing they can give Wade because they have his Bird-rights. LeBron would have to get by on a regular max deal, somehow.

But they have to move Beasley to make it happen. Apparently Charlotte wants Beasley — they are in a good position to take a risk on potential, to hope that concerns about his next contract get him to play to his strengths and not coast through games.

Miami had tried to move Beasley for weeks, but the desperation at this time is telling.

The big three can come to Miami even if Beasley is still there, they just have to each do it for $1 million less a year and only five-year deals. But the Heat want their guys happy — all max guys.

It doesn’t mean LeBron to Miami is a sure thing. Nothing is a sure thing in this wildest of free agent periods.

But this is a sign, a real sign. And it points straight to Miami.

  1. Jeremy - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I disagree that this is a huge hint. The Heat have been shopping Beasley for months. Charlotte has been interested in him for awhile. Yes it does make sense but i fail to see this is the tell all sign.

  2. N - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Maybe Lebron said he will only sign with the Heat if he gets a max deal so to have any chance of getting him, the Heat are desperately trying to trade Beasley.
    Maybe the Lebron puppet is signing with Miami while human Lebron stays with Cleveland…

  3. T - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Can someone explain to me how the hell they can have a full roster with these 3 signed at max deals…Unless Miami is planning on just playing 3 players all year.?

  4. M - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Yeah, this isn’t a hint of anything except that Miami believes the rumors.

  5. WLB - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:58 PM


  6. Brian - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    LeBron James announces that he will buy the Miami Heat, endorse the New York Knicks, marry two of the LA Clippers’ Spirit Dancers in a Utah ceremony in August, become Executive Vice President of Mining and Distribution for Polyus Gold (NJ Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s gold empire) and play basketball part-time for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Read the FUNNY article here:

  7. Mark - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Im just glad I dont live by the AA stadium any more. Next season gonna bring some crazy business to Miami…much needed.

  8. Todd - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    It really doesn’t matter where he goes. He is going to commit a crime in the near future and be unable to play. Just who in the NBA isn’t a thug?

  9. 5'8" - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    I have agreed to play for the minimum and my dog has agreed to play as long as he gets beggin strips after each game

  10. pjmjfan - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Oh, you sould like a real winner yourself there Todd. yikes.

  11. El Chingon - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Dont you reporters know anything Lebron is going to sign with the 76ers

  12. scripts - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Boy, the hatred — do you really believe everyone in the NBA is a thug? Really? Derek Fisher taking care of his sick daughter? Pau Gasol? Tim Duncan? All those guys giving to charity, helping out charitable causes, running basketball camps for youths? Boy, if all you want to see is the negative, then that will be not only what you see, but what you experience.

  13. Auzziegirl - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    He won’t have to go far to do community service! I hear Section 8 is prime real estate in Miami!

  14. pjmjfan - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    grrr…sound, not sould….turns out I’m a real winner too….can’t even spell.

  15. Jack - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    WTF are you talking about?!?!?!?
    They cannot ALL get max contracts, do you forget they only have 1 player on their roster if they trade Beasley, Mario Chalmers.
    That meaning they need 8 more players….
    Think before you create a dumba$$ report straight from ESPN.

  16. Julie - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Bored now. So very, very bored.

  17. Big Bill - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    I could care less where James ends up, I am just hopeful that David Lee will be with a tri-state team.

  18. RandyMiami - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM
    The salary cap for next year is increased from $57.7M to $58.044M. The Luxury Tax increased from $69.92M to $70.307M.
    What this means is that the Heat can afford all three at max contracts of $13M-$16M each max contact which is still around $48M for the 3. That leaves them $10M for FAs and they can also sign minimum contracts all they want…I don’t think minimum salary contracts count against the cap.
    But the article above says max contracts…but I don’t believe all 3 will sign max contracts, but just below. That will allow them to sign almost any FA because they will want to play with the team that will get them a ring in 1-2 years.
    For those complaining how they can make it happen, obviously they crunched the numbers to know that they won’t be doing this unless they had the money and ability to sign players.

  19. San - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    hehehehehe well said. After Jordan there was not a single gentleman. Its now a bunch of 6.5 ft thugs who run the show. the game has become a disgrace and the media only feeds mor eof the same. Its hight time we brought these rascals to reality…Le Bron n co …and cleaned the game up. Boycott him n his false ego

  20. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    but here you are, telling us about it

  21. Jimb - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    I hope someone signs him soon because I am so sick of hearing about it. He plays basketball, not brain surgery, curing cancer, second coming. You would think he could walk on water they way people are carrying on about him…

  22. RandyMiami - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Sorry Bill, but Lee is coming to Warriors. Strangely I am a Warriors fan first and Miami fan second. It is being reported that there is an agreement in principle that Lee will go to the Warriors for Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Keleana Azubuike. I am pissed we are losing Randolph and Az…they will be great. Az will be the next JRich. I hope Lee is good because we gave up a lot to get him.

  23. JoeyJr09 - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Actually they all CAN get max contracts.
    Salary Cap: 58.044 Million
    Bosh, Wade, James (16.6 each)= 49.8 million
    James Jones Buyout= 1.55 million
    Chalmers= .873 million
    Anthony Qualifing Offer= 1.06 Million
    7 required cap holds to fill out roster (.473 each)= 3.33 million
    Total= 56.613 million (less then the Cap)
    If the Heat trades Beasley, they have enough to give all 3 guys the Max, keep Chalmers and Anthony and still sign 1 more player for around 2 million dollars before they need to start offering minimum contracts.
    That’s why trading Beasley is such a big deal.

  24. El Chingon - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    This will be the greatest trio in the history of any sport PERIOD!!!!!!!!
    Viva Los Heat

  25. Dave S. - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    More speculative garbage from self-proclaimed pundits…..

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