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LeBron, Wade had dinner together before going to a club Monday night in Vegas

Jul 8, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade AP

As we patiently await the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in free agency, it’s worth looking anywhere we can for clues on what the future may hold.

On Monday night, Las Vegas was the scene that provided us with a new set of tea leaves to pore over where the future of the Heat is concerned. And depending on how you choose to read them, the events could be viewed as a positive sign for LeBron returning to Miami.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

LeBron James & Dwyane Wade had dinner at LAVO in Vegas late last night with some friends before going to Marquee Night Club, a source said.

A spokesperson from LAVO told PBT:

They were joined by a large group of friends from Miami and Cleveland. James and Wade enjoyed items from the LAVO menu such as sea bass, steak and grilled vegetables but stuck to their strict off season paleo diet.

We know: Extremely riveting stuff.

As we mentioned in discussing the latest pretend scenario, where Anthony may be waiting out Chris Bosh to see if a spot opens up for him on a fictional Heat roster,  it isn’t as though the players aren’t talking amongst themselves about these decisions, and doing so far more regularly than is reported to the masses.

James is reportedly set to meet with Heat president Pat Riley in Vegas as early as Tuesday, and beyond that, is in town for his Nike Elite Youth Basketball Skills Academy, which takes place from the 9th to the 12th.

The reason for Wade’s presence isn’t as clear, though it seems reasonable to speculate that he, too will be meeting with Riley and/or James more formally this week.

All of this could mean a Heat reunion is in the works, or it could just as easily have been a night out between two friends who have already played their last game together as teammates. No one knows; it’s merely another piece of information to chew on as we continue to wait for some concrete answers.

  1. jammer73 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM


  2. bballhistorian - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    One main thing I learned from this whole free agent fiaso…most of us in this society (media, commentators, etc) are impatient and want things NOW, instead on waiting on the process. There is always a process.

    Free agency started only 8 days ago…LeBron and his camp made it known that he’s giving Riley “time” to find someone before making a decision. Training camp doesnt start until near October….but some of us are waiting EVERY HOUR to see what LeBron is going to do.

    I guess that’s the world we live in today.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Guiltyyyyy!! 🙋

  3. clevelandrox - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    yeah, means nothing… Bron was ignoring miami fans and kicking it with Z a few weeks ago, will kick with Andy Varejao in Brazil shortly… MAN they stringing out the start of FA..we’re still no closer than when it started last mon….#boring#soonasILetmyguarddown#BOOM…

    • paleihe - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      What’s your point? It’s been one week.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        I’m sorry, but I don’t know who the hell “Z” is.

      • paleihe - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Zydrunas Ilgauskas, aka Big Z, is who I think he’s talking about.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      You Cleveland fans are back on the Bronwagon already?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Ignoring Miami fans? What’s he supposed to do call them on the phone, go over and BBQ with them?WTF This is a billion dollar business with teams and players having alot at stake so they are going to take their time and make the best decisions possible and probably manage to do it without running it by you first.

    • cwilson6843 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      You really hashtagged on a basketball blog? You seriously need to consider shutting down Twitter. Social media is evil bro

  4. flickflint - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    They got some thots out there

    • reesesteel23 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:52 PM


    • romestar82 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      what’s a thots?? see that on WSHH

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Acronym for That *oe Over There. Now just used to describe the second word of the acronym.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        “Thristy Hoes Out There*

        That’s what it stands for

  5. bucrightoff - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Maybe they ran into Johnny Manziel and rolled up some bills in the bathroom…

    • senorpapino - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Funny how ESPN is conveniently avoiding that story

    • utteke - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      That was no big deal. He was just making an antenna for his money phone…

  6. chiadam - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    They’re loving every second of this.

  7. antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Two days after LeBron, Bosh and Wade had their meeting in Miami they all went with James to his trainer’s wedding – Pat Riley was also there.

    Now this, and Pat Riley will be in Vegas too. Another wedding. A marriage of the minds. Looks like they’re about to Re-Heat.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Do you even really care where LeBron ends up? You cheer for LeBron, not the Heat.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Of course I care. I have my preferences. Miami and Cleveland.

  8. reesesteel23 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    D-Wade! 20-4-4 on career high .545 shooting this season with bad knees. Call him done all you want. You’ve all been saying he’s done since like 2009 anyway.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Also a career high jumper percentage from Wade last year.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      It was the Finals that hurt him (well that and having to miss 29 games to maintain his knees).

      Wade needed to be more in the Finals – if that happened, we wouldn’t be going over this (even if the Heat lost). I think it was the way the Heat lost that’s making LeBron question the future. Specifically Wade’s knees. Besides, LeBron wasn’t all that happy with Wade missing so much of the regular season (his frustration was evident several times in interview, etc.).

      • miamatt - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Good points all. The fact that Wade stunk in the Finals is all most people remember, and make no mistake, Wade needs to be better for the Heat to win in the Finals. But sensible NBA fans will note that we’ve been down this road with other aging stars.

        Tim Duncan was finished several years ago, remember? At this time last year Ginobli was getting heckled into retirement.

        Does any of this mean that Wade will definitely bounce back as those guys did? No. But it does mean that that it’s too soon to conclude he can’t be a big part of a championship team.

        As was stated above, he was mostly excellent in the regular season when he did play. And up until games 3-5 of the Finals, the “maintenance program” appeared to have been an unquestioned success. Wade improved in each round of the playoffs until the Spurs took him to task, and he certainly wasn’t the only member of the Heat who failed to step up when needed.

        The Spurs deserve all the credit in the world, they were the worst possible match up for the Heat and they were on a mission. But San Antonio’s history suggests they won’t be back next year. There is no need for Miami to panic -bring back the core, re-tool some of the role players, make strategic adjustments, take a different approach with Wade’s maintenance- and they have as good a shot as anybody. Perhaps not odds-on favorites, but definitely on the short list.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Wouldn’t have mattered, or maybe you missed the clinic the Spurs put on them, the Blazers, and the Thunder. The Heat’s bench was old and worn out. Couple that with the core of the team playing nearly a year more of basketball with the 4th straight Finals run, and you have your answer to why it happened. I’m so tired of people acting like Wade was horrible last year or even was especially more horrible in the Finals than the rest of the team. The whole team got smoked. Where was Chris bosch? How many 3’s did Ray Allen hit? Crickets. He probably needs to take a step back in a Ginobli role but I think that’s more because James and him still don’t really fit on the court together and the team would benefit more from him helming a 2nd unit and then closing games with James, Bosch, and whoever else they start next year, mainly for the defense and reliability he has as a championship level player in the clutch.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        It’s Bosh…and he disappeared, too. The whole team, with the exception of LeBron, let each other down. The Spurs put on an amazing clinic all year long, in fact, and I give them nothing but respect for what they did. They are the model of longevity, having won 5 titles over 15+ years.

    • getlow81 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      It’s not even about stats man. It’s all on the eye test and his athleticism. He has to take so many days off to rest his knees and can barely maintain being 80% of his old self. He can’t jump and make the plays he used to make, his body is betraying him.

      Just watch a game of him this season compared to the first year they all joined in Miami. While LeBron was nowhere to be found in the finals against the Mavs, Wade was a stud. But since you wanted to include some stats. Here you go.

      D-Wade 2011 Finals
      26.5 ppg, 7 reb, 5.2 ast, 1.5 stl, 1.5 blks

      D-Wade 2014 Finals
      15.2 ppg, 3.8 reb, 2.6 ast, 1.6 stl, 0 blks

      Wade has been probably the best blocking 2 guard in the league since he joined. HE CANT JUMP ANYMORE! He even admit himself that when he tore his meniscus that he should’ve had it repaired instead of removed, it would’ve lengthened his career.

    • kb2408 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      He looked done to me…in the Finals.

  9. sdelmonte - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    They were clearly there to talk with the GM of the Vegas team.

  10. tigers182 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Any word on what they had for dinner? Did they go with a potato or pasta side? What color socks were they wearing? Did they wash their hands before eating? I have to know!!!!

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Any word on what they had for dinner?

      Yes, the article mentioned some of what they ate for dinner.

      • miamatt - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Who has time to read the article when there are so many thumbs to be clicked?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Don’t be a tease… WHAT WAS IT?

    • reesesteel23 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Be careful what you wish for

  11. BrownsTown - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    LeBron ordered a kids meal of chicken nuggets and apple slices to take home for Bosh.

    • hannsta - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Chicken nuggets…. so he is going to Denver? Or apple slices, which clearly mean that he is going to the Big Apple?

  12. cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    LeBron: “I heard the NBA has a great retirement plan”
    Wade: “Really? That’s good to know.”
    LeBron: “you know, basketball is brutal on the knees, most guys will end up having multiple surgeries & never be the same again”
    Wade: “My knees have been acting up a lot lately”.
    LeBron: “I hear Hawaii is lovely from November to June”.

    • clevelandrox - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      nice! LOL…

  13. omeimontis - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    It means nothing. Unless Wade can regain his old form, the name on his jersey means nothing and the Heat won’t win another NBA championship even if James re-signs.

  14. loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    this is a great reminder that all these players are much further along (and not letting the media know)on what they want to do. after reading this…my speculation tilts even more so to a Heat reunion. i hope i’m wrong though…

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      They’re probably just discussing who should break it to Bosh that while they’ve enjoyed their company and time spent together, that there is someone else and they’d like to move on. No hard feelings, it’s not him, it’s them.

  15. sonnysuave - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I can see how Bosh wants to stay cuz he loves living there… but other than that, I don’t sense any “Big 3” loyalty coming his way. Think about it. Lebron & Wade do ALL postgame podium interviews together… why isn’t Bosh with them? Not cuz he doesn’t like interviews, cuz if you’ve seen him talk, he’s very articulated. Also, Bosh is the only one that had to change his style of play to fit (shooter now vs post up player before)… Lebron & Wade still play the same. And now, Lebron & Wade meet up without Bosh in Vegas. If I were Bosh… I would be thinking, “are these doods really waiting for me to bolt to Houston, so they can pick up Melo???”. One thing is obvious… Bosh never fit in the first place, and it doesn’t help that Lebron & Wade make it worse by hanging out together all the time WITHOUT him.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:16 AM

      For some guys, their social life is a continuation of their work life. For some, it’s the opposite – they want a change of pace. Bosh may be the latter. Shane Battier definitely is – he’s the guy who celebrated the 2013 championship at Denny’s – but he was voted Teammate of the Year by the players of the league. IOW there may not be much to read into what the guys do off-court.

  16. JT - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Maybe might have a new big 3 Wade, McRoberts, Deng? 😞😂😂😂

  17. tampajoey - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Did Lebron have to carry Wade into the club too like he does on the basketball court

  18. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    On a relegated note I had pasta in my kitchen Monday.

  19. onbucky96 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    REPORT: According to sources, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have agreed to play for Alderaan next season.

  20. csbanter - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    This NBA free agency stuff is crazy, its good for people who run PBT, Twitter, Facebook, etc, but its just days and days of endless rumors. It’s time for the NBA to exit stage left for its off sesaon.

  21. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    No one mentioning how the Mavs took -the spurs to 7 games. Adelman knows how to coach against pops.

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