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

Jul 8, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

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. Tim Burmeister - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Beasley is expected to make I think 5-6.5 million this year. If the can move him then they can all be max guys. If they do not then they talk about a pay cut. I dont care what anyone says, how many of you would want a extra million a year?

  2. R2Three - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Someone please take a look at Bosh’s body of work….of course he’ll have certiain higher averages in Toronto but on a better team with better talent, he’s merely another NBA role player who will still get outplayed by the likes of Perkins, Odom etc.
    I smell a backfire and I think it would be nuts for LeBron to sign with the Heat. As Bill Simmons has said, he should be able to smell the rings in Chicago from miles away…

  3. heather - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Fabulous! ROFL

  4. john madden 98 - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Lebron actually performed surgery on my brain cancer. Totally true.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    HAAHAHAHA Thats great He gave me a root canal the man doe sit all TOTALY TRUE !!

  6. john madden 98 - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    and he did it all while holding an egg on a spoon during a an old-school sack race. totally true.

  7. Steven A. Smith II - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Who cares. Even if by some miraculous way they make it to the finals they still have to go through the Lakers. LeBron will never get a ring. He singlehandedly killed what was left of his already tarnished image. He’s all season, chokes in the playoffs.
    I decided.

  8. getpresales - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Who is MIami going to have at center? O’neal is now with the Celtics. They have no one viable left.
    I can’t see a team with no center and no bench making the finals.

  9. El Chingon - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Thats GREAT

  10. NRESQ - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Really bright comment, dickhead.

  11. john madden 98 - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    LeBron is the lord of the rings. Someone just has his prescious.

  12. NRESQ - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    “After Jordan”? You think you know Jordan? What a freakin’ dick. Livin’ in a fantasy world of hatred with a little penis. Feelin’ better now?

  13. Phil - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    I saw Bosh go up against Perkins in the state championship game in Texas when they were in high school. You rarely see one player run circles around another like Bosh did that day against Kendrick P. I don’t buy your argument. I think these guys only make him better, forcing teams to not double team him.

  14. john madden 98 - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    I saw LeBron dunk on Optimus Prime…twice….then roundhouse kick Chuck Norris…thrice.

  15. Kkkk - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Lebron blows

  16. Jimsjam33 - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    I don’t think the Lakers are going to sweat it . As long as only one ball is used in a game the Lakers still have the advantage . Kobe – LeBron even …..Gasol over Bosh …..Bynum-Artest over Wade….James Blake PG over any minimum paid player the Heat have .
    Not only that , the Heat will never get past the Orlando Magic in this decade. so go ahead Heat ..no Center no title .

  17. john madden 98 - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    it’s true! He does! One time he blew his nose so hard and knocked off Chuck Norris’ toupee by accident.

  18. peggysueinkalamazoo - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    you must be kidding. the king of what?? big mouth,bigger ego,big
    dreams. that’s all they are king, dream on. you can’t win with anyone bcause you fail to see you are a show,just a show. not a winning ticket, reruns over and over agin. 2 mvp’s you gotta be
    kidding. No last shot clutch shooter, just a chest beater and money hungry thug.

  19. JS - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    They can sign players at the league minimum, that means they can have 3 superstars and the rest of their team will be players who don’t play even on the worst teams in the NBA. Does that look like the blueprint to winning? I personally don’t think so, 1 inury, or foul trouble in the playoffs spells complete disaster. Barring both of those the bench production would be abysmal. Really hope he keeps his pretentious self out of Miami.

  20. meincleveland - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    LeBron has as many championship rings as I do. He had 5 chances to do something in the playoffs and choked everytime. The King???More like pretender to the throne until he has more championships than a dead man. The Heat is Wade’s team; can’t see LBJ being happy if he’s not the alpha dog. Party hearty, Miami – you’re getting a guy who has proved absolutely NOTHING.

  21. Tom - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    ya know they say lebron and chuck norris are the only two people who can perform brain surgery during mid-coutis

  22. NEts - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    anyone else catch that analyst on espn today compare Lebron and the other players to “inmates” and the NBA as “the asylum”
    stereotyping black basketball players as inmates is a really bad idea. For a lot of reasons.

  23. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    agree 110% just shows they dont know where hes going and want to be ready… I still say chicago

  24. SUNS/CARDINALS - Jul 8, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    WHO CARES!!!! SERIOUSLY WHO CARES!!! LEBRON DOES NOT ENTERTAIN ME HE ANNOYS ME ON HOW REDICULOUS THIS COUNTRY HAS GOTTEN. COME PLAY BASKETBALL IN THE NBA WHERE YOU CAN BE MEDIOCORE AND WE WILL PAY YOU A RETARDED AMOUNT OF MONEY TO SIT ON THE BENCH. OWNING A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM HAS GOT TO BE A HORRIBLE INVESTMENT UNLESS YOU OWN A BIG MARKET TEAM OFCOURSE, OVERPAID ATHLETES ARE BORING AND I WOULD RATHER WATCH PAINT DRY!!! BY THE WAY HE IS FAR BEYOND MEDIOCORE BUT HE IS A PRODUCT OF ME ME ME ME ME AND NOT TEAM! EXAMPLE BOSTON SERIES THIS SUMMER HE GAVE UP LIKE A LITTLE BITCH!!! YES I AM YELLING:):)

  25. Wanda - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Very ignorant comment to make. Unfortunately some athletes have not been the best role models. But there are plenty of entertainers, musicians, and political leaders who have fallen in that category as well. When all is said… We are human and we make mistakes.

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