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Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:38 am
 
About 12 hours after Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in committing to the Heat, two reports emerged Thursday morning saying LeBron James was leaning toward joining them.

Newsday first reported via Knicks beat writer Alan Hahn's Twitter account that James "has decided to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami." The Long Island newspaper followed up with a published report saying that James "is expected to choose the Heat," citing multiple NBA sources.

ESPN's Chris Broussard, who first definitively reported Bosh's decision to team up with Wade on Wednesday, followed up about an hour later on Twitter, saying that James "will join Wade and Bosh in Miami, barring a late change of heart."

James' agent, Leon Rose, did not return a call from CBSSports.com early Thursday. A high-ranking member of the Cavaliers organization was unaware of James having made a decision.

On ESPN News, a sister station of the NBA rights-holding network that will air the announcement of James' decision at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, Broussard said James "still has time to change his mind" and called it "a fluid situation."

Even with the higher than expected $58.044 million salary cap announced Wednesday by the NBA for the 2010-11 season, the Heat don't have the space to fit two max contracts starting at $16.57 million next season under their $31.4 million in cap space after accounting for Wade's deal starting at the same amount. With only Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers under contract heading into the signing period that began at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday, that leaves only three options for Miami to form its Dream Team: 1) Send Beasley to Toronto in a sign-and-trade arrangement for Bosh, which sources have indicated is highly unlikely; 2) trade Beasley to another team with cap space, such as Sacramento, Minnesota or Washington; or 3) persuade its new Big Three to accept less than maximum salaries -- a shade less than $16 million in the first year of the deals would work -- for the right to play together.

The $1.944 million increase in the league salary cap above the most recent estimate of $56.1 million given by the league in April meant that the superstar triumvirate wouldn't have to leave as much money on the table as previously thought to fit into the Heat's space. Plus, Florida's lack of a state income tax would mitigate any losses the three superstars would incur.

It's a fluid situation, indeed. The buzz among NBA front office executives Wednesday pointed toward the Knicks making a late push to persuade James to join Amar'e Stoudemire in New York. Another executive within the league -- who has ties to all three of the top free agents -- said the most likely scenario was for James to announce Thursday that he's returning to the Cavaliers. Front office sources with teams in pursuit of James still were in the dark Wednesday about what team James would choose.

"Everyone is on the LeBron yo-yo a little bit," one front office executive said.

Ya think?




Comments

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:16 am
 

James is now deemed a Scrub!

IF and when Lebron does sign with Miami he will forever be known as a scrub. He's bad he's immature and really bad at making business decisions. If Lebron had any loyalty to the game he'd of signed in cleveland or somewhere else but i guess he's going to ride bitch as one has said and i think its absolutely ludacris that hes a follower rather than a leader. What a bitch,



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:09 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

James can't be serious!!!!YOU CAN'T LEAVE CLEVELAND AND GIVE-UP ON YOUR CAVS.I hope you know you CAN and WILL win a title in Cleveland.JUST BELIEVE AND YOU WILL ACHIEVE,Your the best the world has ever seen Don't sell the Cav's short on some bone-head decision not to adjust in the playoffs.I hope you don't turn your back on so many who BELIEVE and count on you...Good Luck and God Bless in all you do.
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Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:08 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I wont believe it until I hear it from his mouth.  How does a giant ego like LeBron go to DWade's team?  Is he going to ride bitch?  He cant win it all without DWade and Bosh... could he really concede that already at the age of 25 after back-to-back MVPs?  Imagine if this team still couldnt beat Kobe and the Lakers... wow 



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:07 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

While I agree most of this leading up to it has been theatrics, I don't think this is, unless we get "sources" in the next few hours being sure he's going some place else.
As it is now, I think it is far more likely someone in James' inner circle leaked his decision.  I wouldn't  be surprised if he "assured" us he hadn't made a decision, but I think this is legit.  If you look over the news conference with Bosh and Wade, they seemed pretty confident he'd be joining them, even if he didn't say so.



Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:05 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I still think Lebron James will stay in Cleveland.  I think he will be swayed back after he's had night to sleep on it, he will have no legacy there as a Heat.  All he has to do is look at Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Paul Pierce, guys who played over 10 years with the team that drafted them to see how legacy works.  I say Lebron don't do it my man, stay a Cavaliers.  I do not have any stake in this as a Lakers fan, personally, I just think it would be the right choice.  I still just can't see James getting up there tomorrow night and putting on a Miami hat.  Come to your senses bro.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:04 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I think that the entire reason he wants to go there is to be with two other all stars.   If this is true, and if he's really taking an hour on ESPN to break up with Cleveland, he can count me as one of the many who will be done with him.  I'm sure he'll gain millions for fans where I have left.
The truth is, LeBron will need someone like Wade if he wants a championship.  Some day, we may look back on this as the day the next dream team was built in Miami.
Either that, or in a year or two, we'll all be talking about the bust in South Florida. 
Personally, after this insane process over the last week, I'm really hoping it's the latter.  When this all started last week, I was excited to see where the chips would fall.  I figured LeBron would leave.  But now?  I'm bummed he's departing, but I'm just glad this mess is over.



Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:02 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

This sure seems like a marketing smokescreen leak from the LeBron camp to produce even more interest in the primetime "Decision".  In the 30 hours before the decision, its announced LeBron will have the show just outside of NYC, creating Knicks speculation.  Then, 20 hours before, throw a rumor out there about joining a superteam in Miami.  Meanwhile, during the whole free agent process, make all the prospective teams come to you in downtown Cleveland.  Its marketing for tv... keep interest in three teams to make it more theatrical.  



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:54 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Horrible choice for James. Going to Miami provides absolutely nothing for him and won't boost his brand. If the Heat win, it won't be because of him it will be because of all 3. He'll never reach anything near the status of Michael Jordan. I guess that's a good thing, because if he makes the horrible decision to move his NBA career to Miami, he deserves nothing. He has the ability to go anywhere and lead his own team, instead he wants to join two other all-stars. Who knows if they can truly work together?


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