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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: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:47 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

We know and he knows, he went to Miami because they have D. Wade, who can finish. king labron hasn't done in in 7 attempts, he gave up in this years playoffs on national TV for everyone to see.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:41 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

if he goes to Miami it's the biggest joke in sports!!!! if Lebron is THE BEST player in  the NBA then prove it by leading ur team to a title!!! can u imagine Bird or magic or Jordan joining the other to win a championship...never!!! Cleveland is James' team and Miami is wade's team...if James goes to Miami it is still Wades team and if they win it won't be bc James lead them to a title but bc they had 3 all stars!!! If james has half as big an ego as it seems he will A) stay in Cleveland and lead his hometown(small market) team to glory and be an absolute legend!!! or B) Join Amare in NY and restore Knicks basketball to it's glory days by going head to head with Bosh and Wade!!! Joinig those 2 on the Heat will make James the BIGGEST PUSSY IN NBA HISTORY!!!! basically he will be saying to everyone..."if u can't beat em, join em". I have never liked Lebron(respect the skills but don't like him at all) and if he goes to Miami my days as an NBA fan will be over!!!

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:30 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

He has Landed at Miami !!! LOL they STILL WON"T MATCH UP ..he can't do it on his own he can't do it on his ownno one can.. but can he get a rings? will he be another MVP?will he be a FINALS MVP?

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:26 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Who freaking cares? God, I hate this arrogant freaking douchebag. Give me Brett Favre and his asinine "LOOK AT ME!!! PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEE!!!!!" over this pathetic attention starved whore.

This is the perfect picture of LBJ...Varuca Salt.....

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:22 pm

Can't believe I'm Watching

If he goes to Miami, he's a coward. i know he wants to win a championship, but to do it like this is weak.  Stay in Cleveland and show some loyalty.  Go to NY and challenge Wade and Bosch in the East.  Try to pick up where MJ left off in Chicago.  Just don't go to Miami.  It is also shameful that he has created this "stage" to announce his decision.  I understand the charity component, but that's just smoke and mirrors.  All of this for a player who is not even the best in the league.  This will make it even more entertaining to see Kobe tear a championship from the "King's" hands.  

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:22 pm

This is ten times WORSE then the Favre ordeal!!!!

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!! I dont give a Rat AZZ where he goes!!!! Just sign with a team!! He has to have a prime time Special?????
I have had it up to my eyes with Lebron!!!! All I have had to hear the last 10 months was Lebron, Lebron, Lebron!!!! Did he win a Title or something?????? a Ring????????? Get it over with ASAP!!!!!! Please!!! This makes me miss Brett! LOL!

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:18 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Team USA knows?

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:51 pm

at 8:47 est time...I intercepted Lebron's Phone

Man I love cell phones...I have hacked into Lebron's cellar and guess who he's on the phone with...D.Wade...and guess what they were talking about...where he was going duh....




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:41 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

I think winning is important to his legacy not winning it without help, that has not worked so well in Cleveland has it. 

Who thinks less of Jordan because he keep Pippen on the team all those years, does anything think less of Russell because he won all those championships with all those great players?   No

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:33 pm

Reports: LeBron 'leaning toward' Miami

Let's see.  Day # 80 of the oil spill, millions of Americans unemployed, & an economy in desperate need of repair.  Bosh & Wade go to Miami, claim they are winners & that "they are not in it for the $$$".  Then "egoman" will announce his decision in less than hour.  Is there anything wrong with this picture?  This "supposed" king is not even close to standing in "MJ's" shadow; in fact, I'd rate him more than a smidgeon behind Kobe.  This gluttony is sure a sign of our times.   SAD !!!  I can hardly wait for this "sham" to reach its conclusion.  Reminds me of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".   

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