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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 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?


Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:10 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Kobe wasn't drafted by the Lakers.  Substitute Jordan.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:08 pm

Heat fans deserve this?

safe to say people will jump on that bandwagon. last two years average team meant average attendance&
nbsp;what about supportin
g your team no matter what maim? or do u guys just go when they r good? take a look at the marlins years they win place is packed now they r a joke and can get anyone to go. happy for the players involved but not sure miami fans deserve it. well either way enjoy it 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:08 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Funny how the only people who think James is going to New York are Knicks fans.  Funny how the only people who think James is going to Chicago are Bulls fans.   Funny how the only people who think James is going to Miami are Heat fans.  Funny how the only people who think James is going to L.A. is...well nobody. 

We can all make acase for our town because we know it best. 

I'll be watching CSI during his presentation.  (There's a plug for CBS can I get a discount on Fantasy Football this year?)

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:07 pm

In Wades shadow if they win?

If these three team up and win the title he will never be put on par with Jordan. People will always say "Wade won a title without James but James never won a title without Wade."

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:00 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I find it funny the majority of people saying he's staying with the Cavaliers......ARE CAVALIERS FANS!!!

People, it's time to wake up, LeBron is coming to the Knicks and I've been saying it for weeks.  It is the ONLY decision that makes sense for him, but first let's rule out the competition.

Miami-  Yes, today everybody is saying he's "leaning towards Miami".  NO HE'S NOT!  Yes, the guy wants to win championships, but he wants to build his BRAND, he wants to be a billionaire and a global icon.....Wade already has 1 championship, so if they all stayed together and (let's pretend) won 5 championships together, Wade would STILL have 6!!  Wade would always have one up on LeBron, so LeBron wouldn't even BE in a discussion with MJ and Kobe.  Add in the fact they have NOBODY around them and not much flexibility either, unless they're able to dump off Beasley, and there really is no reason for LeBron to go to Miami UNLESS the only thing he cares about is winning a championship (he's said time and time again he wants to be a billionaire and the most recognized basketball player ever).  He's not going to Miami.

Chicago- Don't think LeBron forgot how Boozer left the Cavs high and dry.  Don't downplay the fact that Chicago is JORDAN'S TOWN and will ALWAYS BE!  Unless LeBron knows he can win six and at least MATCH Jordan, why would he wanna go there to eternally remain in Jordan's shadow....this is all about LeBron SURPASSING everything that Jordan has done.  Add in the fact that Rose NEEDS the ball to be effective and I just don't see the fit....the most appealing thing about Chicago is their roster, but I don't think that's going to get it done.

Clippers- The fact they would ever be in this discussion is silly, LeBron is not going to the Clippers, I'll put my life savings on it.

New Jersey- Intriguing because of the Jay-Z ties. They have a good young nucleus and some cap flexibility. Their owner has global ties which could significantly help LeBron's "brand" and "global icon" aspirations.  Only knock on them is they're guaranteed to play in Newark,NJ (used to live in NJ, Newark isn't exactly the nicest area) for at least 2 seasons and their Brooklyn arena continues to be delayed.

Cleveland- The ONLY reason for him to stay in Cleveland is the "hometown" thing.  Yes, they had the best record in the league last year, but it was QUITE APPARENT LeBron needed help in the playoffs.  Shaq is gone, Z is trash, Jamison didn't provide that "boost" they thought he would....the roster is just getting OLDER.  They also have no cap room and the only semi-stars they've gotten have been through trades....oh yeah, and the knife to the jugular for Cavs fans is this: BOSH wanted to play with LeBron, JUST NOT IN CLEVELAND!  Bosh turned down an extra year and $30 million (had he agreed to a sign-and-trade) to STAY AWAY from Cleveland.  If you don't think that's a smack in the face to LeBron you're delusional.  Cleveland fans, I'm sorry, accept reality. 

New York- First off, everyone wants to knock the Knicks roster.....Wilson Chandler is a  young talent whose only gotten better every year....Gallinari is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league and last year was his FIRST healthy season.  Toney Douglas is a decent pg who plays good defense and can knock down his shot. Bill Walker is young and showed some great flashes down the stretch for us last year.  OH YEAH, and how about a SIDEKICK for LeBron in A'MARE STOUDAMIRE!  LeBron/Stoudamire/knicks bench is better than Wade/Bosh and Miami's bench.  The worst part about their roster is Eddy Curry, BUT, he has an $11.2 million contract expiring after this year, so either A) the Knicks can trade him for a couple of pieces or B) they can leave his fat-a$$ on the bench and use that money NEXT summer to sign someone else (Carmelo Anthony? Tony Parker?) NOBODY has as much cap flexibility NOW and NEXT YEAR as the Knicks do.  People wanna knock Knicks management?? How about the job Donnie Walsh has done getting rid of horrible contracts to clear all this space to re-vamp the roster....I never saw Danny Ferry do as good a job as Donnie Walsh.  Next up, D'Antoni coached LeBron on the USA team and players LOVE to play in his system.  If LeBron wants to average a triple-double, there's no better coach in the business to do that with than him. Add in the fact LeBron has stated several times NY is his favorite city....add in the fact it was LEBRON at a CLEVELAND INDIANS game wearing a NY YANKEES hat...also during the Knicks presentation,they presented him with a study that showed if he wants to be a Billionaire, the ONLY place he could achieve it is in the NY market....add in the fact that every player loves to play at Madison Square Garden (The World's Most Famous Arena)....add in the fact he's doing his announcement about 15 minutes from the Knicks training facility in CT (I don't wanna hear the BS about Carmelo's wedding, sorry that doesn't fly,he could announce from Cleveland if he wanted to)....If he wants to be a "global icon", why not LIVE and play in the world's BIGGEST media market?  Oh that only makes too much sense huh? Well how bout this also:

Not only did Jared Dudley tweet he's heard LeBron is coming to the Knicks BUT wide receiver Chad OchoCinco (a good friend of Bron's) tweet on LeBron's page:

@KingJames big bruh can i break the news now or do i still have to wait?

Followed up by:

#OCNNBREAKINGNEWS *Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink*only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6

Empire State of Mind = song by Jay-Z which is about NEW YORK, and #6 will be LeBron's number.

All you NY haters will just have more ammo....the king is coming to rule the biggest city in the country.  IT'S IN THE BOOKS!

My odds:

NYK- 2-1
MIA- 5-1
CHI- 3-1
NJN- 3-1
CLE- 3.5-1

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:38 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Well said. Love the last line.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:36 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Why does lebron want to go to a team where he is not the main guy. i could go to a team stacked with all stars and win. it just makes lebron not look like a leader who canin it on his own. he needs others to win it for him and to me thats not a super star everyone thinks he his. he is not a great player if he cant do it on his own. if he went to minnesota and won a championship there with the players there then he is greater then michael jordan. until he can win a championship on his own he is no better. cleveland was good last year and he still couldnt do it.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:21 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

What exactly is Lebron James KING of?  Hype? Cleveland? Ego? His Posse?

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:19 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Also, I think something has to be said about ESPN and how pathetic they have been in handling this whole Lebron saga.  For example "Lebron to announce decision Thursday at 9pm, ESPN source says".  It's their network! They expect us to believe they don't know that it is happening?  Also, all of their coverage has been nothing but speculation and in some case, unfounded and blatent incorrect info, like the supposed Free Agent Summitt that happened in Miami a week or so ago which every other source says simply did not happen.  Finally, you think if one of the ESPN bozos like Chris Broussard found out right now what Lebron was choosing, that he would break the story? No chance. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:16 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

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Since: Nov 7, 2008
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Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Who the hell is Broussard (facetious question, we all unfortunately know who he is).  A few years ago, this guy was a no name beat writer that no one had ever heard and then ESPN creates this talking head and all of a sudden he is the voice of truth in this entire mess?  
You know who will be watching this debacle tonight with the most interest?  Broussard since he is praying for his guess to be right so that he can continue to make stuff up under the title of "NBA Insider."  
I think I am going to go out on a limb and say that he is going to sign with a pro team in Greece, playing only for baklava and gyros.  I have no proof of this, no reasoning behind it outside of the fact that I want to break the story, even if it is false.  I am eagerly awaiting a call from ESPN so that I can have my own NBA insider credentials....

HA HA HA...This is a great post...when did ESPN become TMZ  or did TMZ get started up in the mold of ESPN...they try so hard to make stuff up that may be right just to get the sheeple to follow them....lets face it....know one knows right now....its all take a guess from one of the 4 teams that have any shot and you  have a 25% chance to be right...if you are you claim you are supreme...if your not you people will forget......

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