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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 10, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:46 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

This team will be epic but where will they find 6 other players to sign for under 5 million in cap space. It would be great if beasley took a pay cut but i doubt it. They have there 3 2nd round picks they can sign by the way Butler from WVU is a great talent to add to this team although coming off a serious knee injury but he would have been a lottery pick. Shaq would come back for low money to win another ring and im sure a few other veterans would as well, i just dont see them producing a great bench with little money to spend. You cant blame Lebron i would go to win multiple championships, its all about winning in this league why not give yourself the best chance to do that. Nobodys crying if he goes to Chicago and plays with All-Stars its the same thing with Rose and Boozer. I think doing a press conference is the right thing this has been talked about for 2 years give the guy an hour to speak his mind, and if he leaves Cleveland this will give him a chance to part ways and say goodbye rather than posting it on Twitter or something else. All I know is the top 6 teams in the east will be all very tough with dominance shifting from the West. I Enjoyed watching these 3 play together in the Olympics and said how great it would be to see them all play together never thinking that dream might become a reality tonight. In a way its great for the NBA to see the top 6 teams in the NBA battle it out which will make a championship that much more significant.



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:40 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' CLEVELAND

LeBron is 100% gonna stay in cleveland. He will get the most money and save some face for looking like a douche. Everyone keeps saying he needs to win a championship, he can in Cleveland, not impossible. Even he fails though, he could play out his 6 year contract, still be 31, and be traded to a championship contender for a ring. Basically what Garnett did and what Karl Malone and Barkley tried doing.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:35 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

So if the Bulls were able to land Bosh, James and Wade you would have still felt the same way about James being a bitch?  I think not.  You are just unhappy because he in not going to your team.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:33 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

You have the Lakers emblem but you know nothing about Kobe, the Lakers did not draft Kobe. He was drafted 13th by the Charlotte Hornets at number 13. He did not want to play for the Hornets so he was traded. So he was traded to the Lakers. So we can see where LeBron going to Miami instead of staying with Cleveland gets it from Kobe. Get your facts straight next time before you post.




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:32 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

You have the Lakers emblem but you know nothing about Kobe, the Lakers did not draft Kobe. He was drafted 13th by the Charlotte Hornets at number 13. He did not want to play for the Hornets so he was traded. So he was traded to the Lakers. So we can see where LeBron going to Miami instead of staying with Cleveland gets it from Kobe. Get your facts straight next time before you post.




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:32 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

You have the Lakers emblem but you know nothing about Kobe, the Lakers did not draft Kobe. He was drafted 13th by the Charlotte Hornets at number 13. He did not want to play for the Hornets so he was trad. So he was traded to the Lakers. So we can see where LeBron going to Miami instead of staying with Cleveland gets it from Kobe. Get your facts straight next time before you post.




Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:32 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

What are you talking about "hurting his brand"? Do you work in marketing or have some sort of inside information?  I think that going to the team that gives you the best chance to win will not hurt him at all.  If the Cavs would have been able to bring Bosh and Wade would you still feel the same way, or are you just pissed because it's the Heat and you don't like them? 



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:30 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I would agree w/ your assessment.  There are 3 things that LeBron should focus on when selecting his next team and the Heat don't top out on any of the 3. 

1.  His chance of winning a championship

2.  His living situation quality of life. 

3.  Boosting his brand & global presence

II think that the Bulls give him the best chance of winning sooner rather than later w/ Derrick Rose & Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.  I think his living situation/quality of life would be maximized in Cleveland given that & Akron is where he's most comfortable and in terms of boosting the LeBron brand I'd give it to New York w/ New Jersey a close 2nd due to their owner. 

I'm actually tired of this entire charade.  He hasn't won anything and in my opinion he's not even the best player in the league.  This is starting to turn out like a Brett Favre story and I'm not sure who's to blame the media, us the fans or LeBron's inflated ego. 




Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:27 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I hope those 3 do not win a thing.  I am a Bulls fan and would have liked LeBron and I guess sound like a bad loser but screw him.  This does nothing for him.  If one of the three get hurt, probably Wade, they will not win anything.  Every good team has role players and Miami will not be able to afford any decent role players.  These guys can not play every minute of a game.  And a team with to many ego's is like a waiting for a volcano to erupt.  I hope this blow's up in there face and one of them are begging to leave. Bosh by the way is a weak PF/C all finese no physical play at all.  Just wait until he meets a powerful center deep into the playoffs and he gets dunked on.  So to the new 3 stars I hope you are all diagnosed with an enlarged heart and forced to quit.  Enjoy being stuck down in the bottom of Florida and not developing your brand and where real fans are not present. Have fun at your "white out's" when every fan gets a white t-shirt because no one has any team gear because they do not care.  Also I hope they get sun burnt and Derrick Rose dunks it in your ego/sun burnt head you queers. Go JO each other some more.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:25 am
 

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

WHO CARES? THE NBA STINKS - DAVID STERN RUINED IT MANY YEARS AGO.


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