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Reports: LeBron James leaning heavily toward Miami

Jul 8, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh-James.jpgLeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all on the same team.


But it is looking more and more that way. Sources have told Alan Hahn at Newsday as well as the well-connected Chris Broussard at ESPN that LeBron is leaning heavily toward joining Wade and Bosh in Miami.

Nothing is certain. The ground is shifting on this like you’re standing over California’s San Andreas Fault.

But right now, it looks like a “super team” in Miami. LeBron reportedly flew down to Miami for dinner Wednesday night. He also reportedly was in Akron playing softball. And was in New York. And was the first man to walk on Mars. And helped coach the Netherlands’s World Cup soccer team.

If they do combine, it would create an interesting experiment in the NBA — what if you surround three superstars with minimum salary players? How good would they be?

Yes, the odd over-the-hill veteran may join them to get a ring, but most of the players in the league are not financially set like LeBron/Wade/Bosh. Those players need to go where the money is. And Miami will not be able to offer much. You get what you pay for.

The other question is money. Wade can receive Bird-rights money, about one more year and $28 million more than someone signed outright. Miami could sign one other max player, then someone would have to take a healthy pay cut.

Or, they all could. If each took a five-year deal at around $15.2 million, they could all fit into the Heat’s cap. But then we come back to the “who do you surround them with?” question.

No easy answers. But right now, Miami is the frontrunner. And the race is almost over.

  1. The BishopMagic Don Juan - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Green is for the money and gold is for the honey .. stand in line bitch know your role and get your ass out on the stroll

  2. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:20 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:

  3. Lion Woods - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    The NBA reminds me of the housing market a few years ago… Fans should unite and demand lower ticket prices. If teams can pay players millions per year and the owners receive millions in profits then it is a blarring indication that they are fleecing the average sports fan. Enough is enough… ticket prices need to be cut in half.

  4. ML - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I think the smarter choice is going with the Bulls. They have a well-rounded team to support LeBron, and he would be the team’s leader. Playing with Wade and Bosh, LeBron has to share the credit since he’ll be working with two other star players.
    If I were a motivated player, I’d want to make my own name and create my own legacy. Working with two star players just doesn’t present that opportunity. Leading the Bulls to victory will most certainly lead him to better name recognition and legendary status.
    I guess it just depends on him… Does he want to take the easy path to victory or create a challenge that will produce him unchallenged recognition in the game of basketball. I like challenges.

  5. david - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Living in South Florida. I can tell you we would not say no to James,thats just dumb. But Wade is and will be the king of Miami even with James. And I can tell you James has to know this and accept it. Wade has been here 7 years and is well liked and during this offseason regardless of where Boosh and james were to go we wanted Wade back and the others were just bonus.
    Wade is the man down here. James can come and join th family. But its wades team and james cant take that from him

  6. D.Baker - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    His ploy is really a smokescreen. What’s really going to happen is that Cleveland will do a sign and trade with him, then trade him to the Celtics for the ancients and surplus characters on that team.

  7. KCChief - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Lmao!!!!!! that was to funny… But really people.. I really dont care if Lebron goes to Miami with Bosh and Wade, they are not the only team to try that “Big 3”..i.e.. the Celtics. Yes the Celtics got to game 7 of the Championship game, but did they pull it off? NOPE!!!! You also have to have a great bench. I think Miami will be a contender, but lets not forget about the bulls. They are a pretty good team. Im excited bout 2010-2011 season. But enough of this bb stuff.. Im more anxious about football thats just weeks away!!!

  8. Nick - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    I dont think its a good idea for Miami. They have NBA player you want the ball with for the last shot of a bif game, and thats Wade. They need to build around Wade and Bosh, which is a championship caliber core. They need to get a PG to take the ball handling pressure off of Wade, and they need center to take that pressure of Bosh. I think signing David Lee for much less money to play center might be as good or a better idea for this Heat team. Im just not sure 3 max contract players surrounded by hacks is going to work.

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