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Report: LeBron James’ teammates believe he’ll stay with Heat

May 23, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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LeBron James (and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) can hit free agency this summer, potentially breaking up the Heat’s dynasty in the making.

I predict all three will stay – either by continuing their current contracts or exercising their early-termination options then re-signing. Better-informed sources share the same opinion.

Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick on why he’d be surprised to see LeBron leave Miami:

Mostly, though, I’ll be surprised because some of those closest to him will be surprised. That includes his teammates, those with whom he’s spent most of his time for the past eight months, those with whom he tends to communicate most freely. They haven’t wanted to touch this topic on the record, at least not honestly and completely, but some have privately pooh-poohed—even eye-rolled—the “leaving” chatter for months. They continued to do so even after Cleveland won the lottery on Tuesday.

No, James won’t talk about his future to the prying press, from Miami, New York or otherwise, and that’s been for the best so far.

But I wouldn’t surprised if he’s said something to some of those in his locker room who seem so sure.

When LeBron left Cleveland in 2010, his teammate Mo Williams sure seemed caught off guard. I bet he wasn’t the only one. Teammates, though sometimes in position to know, are not perfect analyzers of these situations. They’re very close to the situation, which can lead to better information, but also skew their view.

We must also accept LeBron might not know yet what he’ll do. Even if he thinks he has a plan for this summer, things could happen between now and the end of the postseason to change his mind.

  1. cantonbound13 - May 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Got to stay close to Biogenisis

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      leahcima1 – May 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM
      This fool, cantonjerk0, sucked you in like he sucks in others. He has to find something that will get people to look at him and somewhere along the line he found that if he attacked Lebron that he’d get attention. Cantonjerk0 knows less about basketball than anyone whoever wrote on this blog, but more about anyone about drawing attention to himself. He’s a loser who can’t stand himself so he hides behind his own stupidity. I actually feel sorry for him. Can you imagine living in his skin and having to look in the mirror and face what a jerk you are?

      • finsfan71 - May 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        ….and he sells tainted deli meat to boot.

      • duhwighthoward - May 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Are you saying that LeBron’s agent did not purchase drugs from BioGenesis? I haven’t seen any reports that contradict this.

        LeBron’s always been a big dude, I watched him manhandle Trevor Ariza in high school. But if employees of Biogenesis are on record saying that LeBron’s agent bought from them, I have to lend it some credence. Because if it were false, they’d be getting sued for millions in a defamation suit.

      • finsfan71 - May 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Hey duh….

        You probably believe in alien abductions and the chupa cabra too. Way to take unsubstantiated gossip and try to spin it as truth. It says more about your character than LeBron’s.

      • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        james

        you used the same spiel on me a while back when I said something you didn’t like.

        don’t you think it’s about time for new material?

    • buffalowned - May 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      He really is a sad troll. He can’t make any more basketball related arguments against LeBron so in his desperation for attention all he’s got left is “PED’s”. He knows the guy that’s had superhuman talent since he was in middle school doesn’t take PED’s, it’s just the only thing he has left to try to stir the pot. I also feel bad for him because it really doesn’t seem like he has anything better to do. I’m sure deep down he as aspirations of becoming the next Skip Bayless but unfortunately for him there can only be one of those.

      • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        not really, we have another in the oval office

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        So naive, I feel sorry for you.

      • buffalowned - May 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m doing quite well in life. But please do continue to make your comments…they are rather entertaining for all the rational fans that visit this site. What’s a comment board without a bona fide troll? I know you love the attention (despite the fact that no one takes you seriously) but it does provide us with laughs so it’s all good fun. I honestly do feel bad for you but keep doing you, someone has to be that guy.

    • leahcima1 - May 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Some random thoughts from an idiot’s mind:
      1) Any talk of Lebron leaving Miami is either wishful thinking or mental masturbation (except in Cantonjerk0′s case, he’s already blind from the real thing so he can’t afford any more play time)
      2) Cleveland’s Gilbert has proven year in year out that he is one of the most incompetent sports owners in history. Sorry Dolan you can’t even be number one in the worst column. He continually gets #1 picks and he continually ends up out of the playoffs. He’s just plain incompetent. If he was a butcher he’d be selling fetid meat.
      3) No matter what make believe world the cantonjerk0′s of the world live in they have to open the sports pages and see the box scores and in the loneliness of their little rooms they see Lebron’s the MVP, the Olympic champ, the eastern conference champ, the NBA champ, the best basketball player of his time and they have to rush and change their Depends.

      Just a couple of random truths. Oh and one other thing, cantonjerk0 will grow a pair before Lebron leaves Miami and you know that ain’t going to happen.

  2. tampajoey - May 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    So did Lebron’s teammates in Cleveland. Lebron could easily leave Miami and put himself in a better situation. Plenty of other teams would offer Lebron a better supporting cast than Miami. Lebron already has proven he has no loyalty. If he didn’t feel like he “owed” Cleveland anything then he certainly wouldn’t feel like he owes Miami anything now. Besides, Lebron and the NBA both know that the bandwagon fans will follow Lebron to any team he’s on.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - May 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Does anybody (except Bill Simmons and he’s an idiot) really think he’s going back to Cleveland? Go back to the arm of America to an owner who trash talked him because LeBron chose to leave as a FREE AGENT, and a team that has won the lottery 3 of 4 years, and lives in igloos because the weather sucks 3/4 of the year or stay with the Heat and continue to go to the Finals (or win) every year with nice weather year round and not have to pay one cent of state income tax.

      • jeffkx - May 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Yes, count me as that person. Cleveland has a ton of draft picks (including all of our own,the #1 this year, your 2015 pick and a lottery Memphis pick), an All-Star game MVP PG, pretty good players in Dion, Tristan and Deng if he re-signs. We have Andy’s expiring, guaranteed contract that is valuable as well as as much as $30m in cap space. Oh and his wife wants to come back here and rumor is LeBron wants his kids to go to the schools in Akron he attneded. So yes actually there are people (including LeBron himself) who think he may end up playing in Cleveland again.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - May 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Yeah keep thinking that. Nobody wanted to join LeBron in that filth hole when he was their. So you think a team that is so good, that couldn’t make the playoffs in the eastern conference where teams below .500 got in are going to want to go their now? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day, and it isn’t even from Bill Simmons mouth. Wow.

      • jeffkx - May 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        You guys can mock me all you want, playing with Kyrie and a big-time player the Cavs are going to trade far outweighs playing with cranky kneed 31 year old Wade and girly Bosh. Wait and see guys, I bet alot of you will look pretty dumb in July.

      • jeffkx - May 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        You guys can mock me all you want, playing with Kyrie and a big-time player the Cavs are going to trade far outweighs playing with cranky kneed 32 year old Wade and girly Bosh. Wait and see guys, I bet alot of you will look pretty dumb in July.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - May 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Cranky old Wade’s knees at 31 eh. Then Tim Duncan who is 6 years older must be in a wheelchair then. You act like 31 is acient.

      • tved12 - May 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Really, weather sucks 3/4 of the year in Cleveland? Dude, have you ever left Miami? You clearly need to see some other parts of the world and stop believing what you read in sports article comment sections. You’re just throwing that argument out there because it’s popular.

        And do you really think weather affects peoples decisions on where they want to play? LeBron would have gone to Milwaukee if that’s where he was going to win in 2010. Don’t be such a moron.

        PS, I do not live in Cleveland.

      • tved12 - May 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Also, defending Wade’s knees does not give you any more credibility. Sheer age is not the point, it’s about how many games he’s already missed at 31. And typically your body doesn’t get stronger as you get older, if you didn’t know that.

        FYI, Tim Duncan has missed 140 in 17 years, and that’s not taking out how many of those were just healthy scratches by Pop.

        Wade has 183 games missed in 11 years.

        Nice job with that comparison though…

      • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        NOT this summer he won’t.

        Could he ever go back to Cleveland?

        Yes, odds are small but it could happen. Let’s say he ends up winning 6 titles and he wants to finish his career in Cleveland, one last season, maybe two in say 2019/20 or the 2020/21 seasons…

        He will NOT go there this summer though… and I doubt he does go back to Cleveland later but if he did, I think it would be at the very back end of his career.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - May 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Actually I’ve been outside of Miami as I was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The weather sucks 3/4 of the year their as well. But it’s not as bad as Cleveland aka the mistake by the lake.

    • knickshater - May 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      One of the dumbest statements i’ve ever read? Why should LeBron have “loyalty” to a joke a team that wasn’t going anywhere? Have you seen the current situation with Cleveland? Why in the world would a player of LeBron’s calibre (some who already did so much for them) stick around for that disaster? You people make me laugh. “Loyalty?” You didn’t give a damn about LeBron when he was just another kid in Akron. He owes you nothing.

      • zoomy123 - May 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Exactly.

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        New Yawk sucks!

    • zoomy123 - May 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Where else would Lebron James go?

    • ranfan12 - May 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      “leave Miami and put himself in a better situation.”
      he’s on a very likely finals team. doesnt get better than that

    • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      LeBron didn’t owe Cleveland anything then, and he doesn’t owe Miami anything now. Cleveland should’ve done what Miami did and made the most of their situation with James, instead of taking him for granted.

    • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      He wasn’t as close to those guys as he is to this Heat team. The one guy he was closest with – Big Z – left to Miami with him.

  3. gofinsgoheatfloria - May 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    At worst, at the end of this season, LeBron’s Heat teams will have gone to the ECF four times in four years, winning three times and winning the NBA championship twice, with an experienced and focused management team at the helm. That’s what you have to pitch against if you want him. I’m glad that’s somebody else’s job and not mine.

    • spursareold - May 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      You only need to have a sales pitch going FORWARD. What happened in the past is in the past.

      Does he really want to wrap the anchor chain of a SG with one knee and a perennial sidekick around his neck, or would he rather put his fate in the hands of an All Star PG and the most exciting player to come out in the draft since, well, him? He got Bosh 2 rings, and Wade two more. He really owes them nothing else.

      It’s a cold hard world, and LeBron has always shown that he will make the best choice for LeBron.

      • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        James is the type of guy who doesn’t think winning is as sweet if you don’t have brothers around to share it with. That’s one reason he left Cleveland – to play with Wade and to try and recapture a bit of what he had at St. V. And he was able to do that.

        And just as LeBron had hoped, the Heat are a family now – and their bond was forged by the fires of adversity in 2011 – and it was such an intense and unique experience that I doubt it’s a bond that can be broken so soon.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        “He really owes them nothing else”? The idea that he has

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        “He really owes them nothing else”? The idea that he has paid some kind of debt (the point being to see him as in some way more free to fulfill some so-far invisible desire to leave Miami) is an invention out of nothing. You do better at the end when you say that he will do what is best for LeBron. I just somehow doubt he will put quite as much weight on rookie resumes as you do – especially if you’re talking Cleveland.

  4. jzone954 - May 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Pat Riley has had this in plans for a couple years now. You think Riley is gonna let Lebron walk?! LMAO! Riley will put who ever Lebron wants around him. The owner is willing to consistently pay 50 mill and above just in luxury tax to the NBA. And plus it’s Miami. When you have that type of money there no other place you rather live. Lebron isn’t going anywhere . These guys already sell out YOUR stadium when they come to YOUR town and play YOUR team. Plain and simple. Riley has had this in the works and get ready for a couple more additions this offseason.

  5. prareedoggin - May 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Lebron left Cleveland because he wasn’t winning there, take that however you want to. He is on the verge of 4 straight Final appearances, 4 straight eastern conference championships, and potentially 3rd straight title. Why would he leave??? Its dumb to think that

    • jeffkx - May 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      There’s a good chance you’re wrong. We will find out in July and I could be 100% wrong, but trust me he’s thinking about it.

      • southbeachtalent - May 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Trust you huh? hahahahah

        http://msn.foxsports.com/florida/story/lebron-james-quiet-on-draft-lottery-outcome-barkley-s-comments-052214

      • whitehothoops89 - May 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Yes, lets disregard rational arguments, made above, and common sense because you say so. Lol. Only reason LBJ leaving is a story is because ESPN’s ratings feast on trolls like you.

  6. azarkhan - May 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I heard he’s leaving to play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - May 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Or at least thought about it as much as Cleveland

  7. prareedoggin - May 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Yea there’s a chance he can go back, my thing is why? If his legacy from now on is solely on winning* then he will stay where he has won and is currently winning. The hell with what his wife wants lol

  8. miamatt - May 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    *yawn*

    PLAYOFFS

  9. beach305 - May 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    It is very hard to predict where a team is going to be in three years from now. Players get injured or are bust. Some opt out and become free agents or are traded. Coaches fired. If you can win now you do it and not pin your hopes to two years from now. Just look at OKC. Last year Westbrook get’s hurt and it’s an early round exit. This year Serg get’s injured and it’s looks like they will be out of it again.

  10. jzone954 - May 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Yea because it’s not like Kyrie hasn’t been hurt most of his career either. I can’t believe were still having this Rediculous conversation still… How about find yourself a head coach and convince Kyrie to stay even though he said he’s not staying in Cleveland . Will Kyrie get the same treatment when he leaves?

  11. jzone954 - May 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    These dudes were burning his jersey on national tv now cavs fan base is like ” I think he’s coming back” LMAO

  12. jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    sportsfan18 – May 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM
    canton, you say that a lot I’ve noticed.

    do you have any proof?

    I mean real proof?

    Someone could say things about you, like you’re a child molester etc… I mean ANYTHING may be said, just gotta say the words.

    I highly doubt you are a child molester, but my point is that it may be said.

    you say LBJ uses PEDS. And you have a right to say what you want.

    I’m just curious what you hang your opinion on is all. When you say he does, where does that come from within you?

    appreciate your response and thanks in advance

    • buffalowned - May 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      He doesn’t respond to logical arguments you should know this by now. He just sits on his computer, refreshing PBT until the next Heat related article is posted, then types some outlandish comment as quick as he can and that is the highlight of his day.

  13. campcouch - May 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    He may not return to Cleveland,but he’s still connected to the area. He loves Akron and obviously lived there for a good chunk of his life. He didn’t leave NE Ohio because of weather,he left to play with two All-Stars and get a championship. Obviously you guys have never visited Ohio. Winter,spring,summer and fall exist,it’s not -45 year round. I guess if a sinkhole swallows his house or a hurricane destroys it he’ll leave Miami using your logic.

  14. 1historian - May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Lebron has a few tons of money, endorsements, a winning team to play for – why would he go anywhere else? Why is he, along with Bosh and Wade, in Miami – because Pat Riley is a hell of a good GM after being a hell of a good coach. He signed the big 3 and then went out and got complimentary players for them. Result? the last 2 NBA titles and they’re in the running for this one. (Go Pacers!)

    Cleveland – 3 #1 picks in 4 years. Of the 2 they’ve already exercised – did it do them any good? NO.
    The organization in Cleveland is a joke.

    To quote the great Jerry Krause – “Organizations win championships!!”

    • 1historian - May 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      There is also the fact that any team he is on becomes an INSTANT contender and will attract other FA’s like flies.

      That team is currently Miami and Riley knows that he has to keep finding good players to put next to him. Bosh is expendable, as in replaceable. Wade is good but not very sound. They can be replaced.

      Lebron can NOT be replaced.

      And Riley knows that.

  15. finsfan71 - May 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Here is the only way I see LeBron staying with the Heat. All three opt-out but both Bosh and Wade take pay cuts to facilitate signing above average roll players. I love Wade but sitting out a third of the season doesn’t validate a near max contract. I’d like to see Bosh back but again, his production doesn’t validate a near max contract.

  16. philyeagles5 - May 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Lol lebron owes Cleveland? Lebron leaving gave them 3 #1 picks in 4 years.

    • bougin89 - May 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      The picks were traded so Lebron could make more money and sign a longer guaranteed contract that he couldn’t have signed for if they didn’t complete a sign and trade.

  17. leahcima1 - May 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Some random thoughts from an idiot’s mind:
    1) Any talk of Lebron leaving Miami is either wishful thinking or mental masturbation (except in Cantonjerk0’s case, he’s already blind from the real thing so he can’t afford any more play time)
    2) Cleveland’s Gilbert has proven year in year out that he is one of the most incompetent sports owners in history. Sorry Dolan you can’t even be number one in the worst column. He continually gets #1 picks and he continually ends up out of the playoffs. He’s just plain incompetent. If he was a butcher he’d be selling fetid meat.
    3) No matter what make believe world the cantonjerk0’s of the world live in they have to open the sports pages and see the box scores and in the loneliness of their little rooms they see Lebron’s the MVP, the Olympic champ, the eastern conference champ, the NBA champ, the best basketball player of his time and they have to rush and change their Depends.

    Just a couple of random truths. Oh and one other thing, cantonjerk0 will grow a pair before Lebron leaves Miami and you know that ain’t going to happen.

  18. realfootballfan - May 24, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    This is silly talk anyway. Why do you think Cleveland “won” the lottery again. You think they’re just lucky, lol. Oh, how naive.

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