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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: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:05 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I wish everyone would relax. Kids grow up and go to college or the military. They move away from home. Who says a man has to live in the same city all his life? People in Cleveland don't work at the same office their entire careers, so why is he obligated to? He owes that city NOTHING. Miami or NYC would be great for LBJ. I'm looking forward to seeing a change in the NBA.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:48 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I am on my way down to Best Buy to pick up the new Lebron I-Phone.  The only problem is that it only vibrates because it has no rings.



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:34 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

If Lebron wants to win championships then leaving Cleveland is the right move for him I think you all are forgetting that Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen left their teams cause they were never going to win it all in those teams they stayed during the prime of their careers for the MONEY and championships is what they should want the most if James goes to the Heat I say thats great he wants to be a champion first and for most  if he stays in Cleveland then its just all about money.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:33 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

LeBron needs to remain in Cleveland. Miami is Dwayne Wade’s team and Chris Bosh is just looking to tag on to someone else’s Championship goals. The city of Cleveland would be so devastated if he leaves and that sucks going into a weekend during this crappy economy. I feel for the fans in Ohio and hopefully all this Miami talk is smoke to make Cleveland work harder to give LeBron help. 

 I have nothing against the Knicks, Nets, or Bulls but you guys hopefully don't want another city to suffer a great loss. Let’s not jump to conclusions.

  I am not going to lie but right now the only other teams besides Cleveland that could possibly win LeBron's services:

New York Knicks


Cleveland has one thing going.....the money flow for LeBron is a lot better than what Miami is offering.


Man that sucks for a city I visited a year ago. This news courage and wait is just making people want to riot after the decision.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

LeBron is going to the Nyets.  And then Mikhail is going to use him as part of the spy trade.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Sorry Cleveland but Lebron and the NBA is a JOKE!!  Lebron would rather go dancing and live the life on south beach then be loyal to his hometown. Doesnt he have a tat with his area code?  you aint no baller Lebron just another overpaid athlete that has no loyalty to people he grew up with.. Death before dishoner you punk!!  F$$K a championship bro do it for your people !

Pissed off NBA fan from Seattle.....check out SONICSGATE ....truth hurts!




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:22 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I am sick and tierd of all this BS and will not be wacthing the Lebron show tonight. Where ever he goes or stays I wish him well, But all this drama and soap opera bs is to  much for me



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Assuming he does join the Heat, and what a monumentally stupid idea that would be to his legacy, how exactly to they plan to fill the rest of the team?  The 3 of them will all but eat up the salary cap, I realize that by the nba rules you can go over the cap to fill the roster with minimum salary guys but what kind of back up players will they even have?  I know the 3 of them are all great in their own right but it takes 5 on the floor to play and I am guessing that they each dont plan to play the full 48 minutes night in night out so it seems to me that unless they each average over 30 pts each (which they will never do together on the court) I'd say that they will be screwed late in the season when their legs get tired.  Let lebron go to Miami, my money says that LA still beats them next year since they have a real TEAM.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

This ESPN special tonight with LeBron James revealing which suitor has won his hand in marriage smacks of self-promotion, egotisticalism and all that. Sure. 
However, ALL the money sold from advertising during Thursday's ESPN special will go towards the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. That's not like a 2% cut; that's every single penny of advertising sold during this hour show, which I imagine is going to be a pretty decent chunk of change, is going to help organizations that help kids.

And while there are many reasons not to like this setup tonight, as long as this thing does kids good, I'm all for it.
On that note ... way to go LeBron!


DawgMeat
Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 6:27 pm
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