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Mark Cuban may want one, but Cavaliers, Raptors not seeking investigation of Heat

Jul 12, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

bosh_wade_james.jpgDid the Miami Heat cheat? Looks like we’ll never know, officially.

Mark Cuban isn’t sold that how Miami ended up with the Superfriends — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — didn’t involve some shady back-room deals that violate league policy. He wants the league to look into it.

But it appears neither Cleveland or Toronto is going to file a formal request for an inquiry, according to Marc Stein at ESPN.

After the Dan Gilbert tirade, the Cavaliers are trying to move on, not revisit the past again. And Toronto knew that they were going to lose Chris Bosh all along, they were better prepared.

Was there tampering? Not through official channels. Everyone involved is far too smart for that. But in the constant flow of back-channel communications there was. It just could never, ever be proven. And the teams are as guilty as the players here. You think free agency started July 1? Ha. Talks with players had been going of for weeks (or longer) with unofficial contacts and little things whispered by third parties.

That includes here. Was Miami working it? Sure, unofficially. The three players were talking and saying they wanted to do something like this for years. But none of this was done in a way that could be proved.

To that end, time to move on from the investigation angle. And move on to figuring out who can play Center for the Heat.

  1. bobbymac - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    this is bull only one team cleared room for three max deals riley and his sleazey owner if they don`t investigate this plan that was planned for a year or more while these players were under contract to their teams the nba is worse than thw wwe

  2. hnirobert - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    What’s the worst that could happen to the Heat if they were found of tampering? Do they have to pay a fine, lose more draft picks or even lose rights to one, two if not all three of the players?

  3. Jmane - Jul 12, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Come on Heat haters!! U are ahting because you are not here!!! Miami baby

  4. Phil - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Mark Cuban is still upset about losing the 2006 Championship to the Heat. Today, he offered their whole exemption to Haslem.

  5. CDB - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Cuban and Gilbert are little “rhymes with itches” and the heat have been preparing for this by skimping on their contracts for more than 2 years … too bad, so sad. They hurt themselves to put themselves in position for this. Deal with it.

  6. whutevr - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    yup seems like something shady was goin on in miami, but who cares they just stacked a team with so much ego they dont know what they are doing, I feel sorry for d’wade, he had to deal with an uber ego in shaq now he has to deal ego squared, bosh has already come out and said he left toronto cuz he wanted to be the man, now hes on a team with lebrick james the quintessential ego maniac on the planet, they may have lots of talen (though …uhm riley you have no bench…duhhhh) i am not a fan of any players in this league they are all overpaid schoolground hustlers. i do enjoy basketball and hopefully this year we will get to see some, i just doubt it will be from miami…lets take a poll, who will meltdown first cuz there are too many chiefs and no indians. my bet is lbj as soon as he sees this is not his team but dwade he just gonna be his old self and pout.

  7. Joe - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    I love the hate the Heat is getting. I bet all Knicks and Bulls fans are niave enough to think their team wasn’t doing the exact same thing thru back channels.
    It’s common practice people. You can’t stop friends from talking and there will always be back channel communication when that much money is on the line. Don’t be niave.

  8. JoJo is Smiling - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    you said very well bobbymac….only 1 team “CLEARED ROOM” and planned ahead so they had the cap room to make this happen. And they told everyone in advance what they were doing.
    It WAS NO SECRET what Riley was doing. EVERYONE knew they were working for this in advance…..GET OVER IT. The HEAT made it happen…NOT Cleveland, NY, NJ or the Bulls.
    If the Riley and the “sleazy” Heat owner are just that (as YOU say) why are they so respected by everyone else, including players, in the NBA?
    You, Mark Cuban and Dan the idiot Gilbert should form a little babies crying in the corner club!

  9. Salty - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Pat Riley found a way to beat the system by letting his players do the recruting. Being a Laker fan we know how competitive Pat is. It’s amazing what he has done for that franchise.But Pat has gone from being a first class coach to running a dog and poney show.

  10. utteke - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Gilbert has never skimped on his player’s contracts you knucklehead. Do some research before you spout out BS like that. Here’s a quote that might help you going forward in your life. If you actually get it that is…
    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  11. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Wishful thinking…… This isn’t a pick up game, they’ll be practicing and playing for the next 5 yrs. If I were a betting man I wouldn’t bet against that! Besides for someone to sit here and say that they hope to see some exciting BBall next season and then say that the Heat won’t be included? Hmmm, idk might you a be a knicks, bulls or new jersey fan! You bitch! You sound like Dan Gilbert! Grow up! And have a nice day!

  12. Orsmo - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    The other teams cleared cap room also. Players talking to each other to figure out how to work the pay is the simpliest way to set this up. Expect this to occur more often when Ego’s leave the picture.

  13. James - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I don’t think Cuban is so much hating as much as he is wanting fair treatment. He donated 500k for saying that he wanted LeBron on his team, while the Heat aren’t even being investigated for possible tampering, even though there is circumstantial evidence that there was. 500k for stating the obvious vs looking the other way when something that might have actually effected LeBron’s departure. I’m not a Heat fan, but i’m personally excited to watch this type of talent play with each other. With that said, Stern looks like he’s just picking on Cuban by fining so heavily and then not even looking in to this situation.

  14. LogicMan - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    The photo of the three amigos look like they are taking a pee (maybe crossing streams like we did when we were kids;-)

  15. Trio 5 - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    That’s what I’m sayin’ bro. Everyone hatin’ on Trio 5. Everyone is mad because a.) They don’t live down here. b.) Lebron didn’t go to their city.

  16. James - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Maybe they are peeing on Dan Gilbert urinal cakes… : )

  17. Sguy2130 - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Welcome to the internet message boards again Miami Heat trolls.

  18. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    right now we all know this
    Miami will NOT make the finals they have no bench, no depth they can not ride on three players for 82 games then playoffs wont happen :)

  19. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    So…does that mean if you say anything but positive things about the Heat, you’re just a hating troll? Welcome to the message boards again Miami Heat homer!

  20. PK - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Wade/Bosh/LeBron wanted to play together. Only 3 teams could make that happen. Miami,NY and Chicago. I think Wades 1st choice was Chicago and LeBron wanted NY. Bosh was waiting and would go where they decided.
    New York committed to Amare on July 2nd and took themselves out of the race.
    Chicago didn’t have the room to sign all 3 but couldve traded Noah/Deng and picks for 1 and signed the other 2. But every report said they werent moving Noah. They wanted to add to Noah/Rose.
    Plus Chicago committed to Boozer,killing any chance.
    Riley met with David Lee,Amare,Haywood,Mike Miller,Boozer and scheduled a meeting with Felton. But he never made an offer to anyone. He waited. Everyone knew he was waiting on the big 3 and anyone else was plan B. Its not Rileys fault that other teams got nervous and went to plan B too soon.
    He spent years getting ready for this and had the sense to wait for LeBron. Knicks and Bulls didn’t.

  21. Loki - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    I agree with James’ post about Mark Cuban. If the Commish can fine Cuban for any little thing then I think he has a valid complaint. It looks like there may have been tampering. It also looks as if it would be extremely difficult to prove. I do think that this event has other owners scared that something like this could happen again. Carmelo, CP3 and Deron Williams, I believe will be free agents soon. A trend may have been started. Not hating on anyone.

  22. will - Jul 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Cuban brings this up without thinking of the fact that everyone on TV has been talking about where these 3 guys would end up since before the finals ended. They could have had zero interaction before July 1st and it wouldn’t have made any difference. Personally I believe they are still kind dumb for signing for the 15 million or whatever the figure it. 10 million for 6 years would have been plenty of cash for each and then they’d have 15 million more for filling out the roster

  23. WES - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    THIS IS GOING TO BE A MONSTER TEAM TO DEFEND GOOD LUCK TO THE REST OF THE LEAGUE

  24. WES - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    ALL THREE PLAYERS ADMITTED TO SIGNING SIMULAR CONTRACTS A FEW YEARS AGO SO THAT THEY WOULD BE FREE AGENTS AT THE SAME TIME AND WANTED TO PLAY TOGETHER ALL MIAMI HAD TO DO WAS KEEP WADE AND THE REST WOULD FOLLOW

  25. joe - Jul 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    lebon is still a scumabag!!!!!!!!!!!!!1d

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