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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?




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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

He's announcing it in CT, 13 minutes from the Knicks training facility......If he's staying in Cleveland, he's NOT going to walk out into a "local love-fest" afterwards.  If he announces it in NY and goes anywhere but NY or NJ, he'd better high tale it out of there because there will be NO love-fest whatsoever
This is just my gut but i'm guessing he has access to a little bit of security.  Ya think he makes enough money for security?  The guy makes enough money to literally disappear in thin air after he's done talking....




Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Ever since the NBA went on strike I could care less want Lebron does. Basketball is over rated and if I were 6'5", I could play and be a star. I would even play for a third of what Lebron makes.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

You know what? I don't like Lebron but you people are for the most part retarded or if you want to be polically correct, "special".

Lebron has made it clear he wants to be a billionaire first, win a championship second. To get there he must increase his endorsement income in a big way ala Tiger Woods,, he's not even close to that yet.   He CAN'T do that in CLEVELAND........ so for sure he must leave the Cavs.

Miami provides an opportunity to succeed both financially and off the court as well.  On the court with Bosh and Wade they become instant contenders and certainly by far the class of the East.  Their chances of making the NBA finals? Unbelievable.  The chance of winning a championship? Great !    Off the court?  Well lets just say Miami isn't Cleveland for God sakes...  enough said about that.

So why is this rumoured choice so controversial? I don't understand some of you people talking the crap you talk....

"Lebron will never win one alone"

"His legacy will be ruined"

And finally.... "there isn't enough ball to go around" ( shoulda put that one first since it's the dumbest statement ever).  That only applies to and for players that are not yet at the max contract level.  They need to put up numbers so they can be noticed and recieve insane money.  Once they put those numbers up, not one of those 3 guys will care if their numbers decrease to help their team win it all. 







Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

A 1 hour special on ESPN to announce he is leaving Cleveland? Stay tuned next month when ESPN devotes an entire week of broadcasting to whether or nor Brett Favre is going to play for the Vikes again!



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:05 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Perfectly said!  Wade's "enlarged heart" is still in Chicago he says, well he can stick it right up his %^$.  He is a complete weasel and has tried to screw the Bulls at every turn.  I just heard reports that he says the Bulls could have signed him if they were willing to commit, what a lie!  He is just trying to turn the Bulls fans against Reinsdorph and Paxson again.
I have season tickets by the visitors bench and I will boo these tools with everything I have, maybe I'll give Wade's boys a couple of my tickets since he doesn't give two craps about them.
If Lebron is in CLE, NY or LA thats cool, but if he goes to Miami that would mean these assclowns have been lying and twisting fans and teams in the wind for years.
I hope Riley gets an enlarged heart too along with the herpes he probably already has



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Why everyone, including the media, thinks that LBJ going to MIA will bring championships is beyond me. For one, those three would be surrounded by a bunch of minimum pay players. At some point the other players on the team have to touch the ball, rebound the ball and yes even shoot the ball. Secondly, it would make for a great regular season game but as history shows in the playoffs the super-stars need to shoot the ball to get into rhythm. How do you do that with those three, choose one a game? That doesn't create rhythm. To me it would be exactly what he has lived through the last few seasons but with even less of a chance of winning it all. You need a supporting cast, not just two supporting members. The greatest players say, it's a team and defense that make a championship team.  If he does goes to MIA it just proves he bought into all the hype and is not truly a student of the game. Just my two cents.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Greenwich isn't exactly a hotbed of Knicks love.  Having grown up there in the 90s, the glory years teams hardly dented anything.  The closest I remember was the fact a couple of the local pizza places had Knicks games on... until I found out they were really on so the owners could see Michael Jordan.
Doh.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:29 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

"I still suspect it's going to be horribly anti-climactic... he's probably gearing everyone up and then he'll announce he's staying in Cleveland after all, and he'll walk out to the big local love-fest afterwards."


He's announcing it in CT, 13 minutes from the Knicks training facility......If he's staying in Cleveland, he's NOT going to walk out into a "local love-fest" afterwards.  If he announces it in NY and goes anywhere but NY or NJ, he'd better high tale it out of there because there will be NO love-fest whatsoever.



Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Lebron James is going to the WNBA, where his salary will consume the cap of every team in the WNBA.  This will effectively end this league.  Just to be certain, The King will then put all WNBA merchandise (including jerseys and ahem... undersized balls) into a rocketship and blast them into the sun.  The King's destruction of the WNBA will be his true legacy.  Book it.  Lebron sacrifices himself to ensure that we do not need to subjected to any more fundamentally sound basketball forever.  Long live the Crab Dribble!



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Honestly, if history tells us anything about this kind of hype machine, it's the following:

If the inner circle friends of the protagonist (in this case, James) leaks the news that he's going to choose option A (in this case Miami), the only absolute certainty is that he is NOT going to choose option A.

I don't have anything against the Heat (or any of the other teams involved).  I just think this sounds like his 'people' are trying to rev up the suspense level so they can have an 'oh! what a shocker!' moment when he announces he's going someplace (anyplace) else.

I still suspect it's going to be horribly anti-climactic... he's probably gearing everyone up and then he'll announce he's staying in Cleveland after all, and he'll walk out to the big local love-fest afterwards.  And all the cap-clearing, Twitter-watching, rumor-tracking craziness will have basically amounted to absolutely nothing.

Personally, I think the only REAL shocker he could pull at this point would be to choose the Clippers.  Which wouldn't really be a bad option, it's just that they seem to be an afterthought in the whole thing.


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