July 8th, 2010
08:54 AM ET

Reports: LeBron heading for the Heat

If media reports are right LeBron James may not be playing against Dwayne Wade -- but with him instead.

Published reports say LeBron James is planning to join the Miami Heat.

Newsday's Alan Hahn tweeted the news just after midnight.

ESPN followed Hahn's report with its own, also saying James is heading for Miami to join fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

If the reports are accurate, the Heat will have hit the jackpot in the most frenzied talent chase in NBA history, landing the three top free agents.Things could still change of course. Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen doesn't believe the reports and thinks James will return to Cleveland.

Eatocracy blog: Dear LeBron, come for the hoops, stay for the grub

Wherever he decides to play, Us Magazine says LeBron has a big party planned in South Beach this weekend.

Since he knows his new deal will pay him anywhere from about $96 to 125 million LeBron can afford the South Beach soiree' and a new place to live. CNNMoney shows us there are no shortage of housing options in his price range.

James is unlikely to confirm or deny any of this today since he's planning to announce his decision in a prime-time special on ESPN tonight.

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  1. Jason

    The oddest thing about this all, is that JAMES DOLAN THE OWNER OF THE KNICKS OWNS NEWSDAY.

    Another thing – My Uncle is a retired police captain in NY. His "real sources" say there were 35 officers ordered to security at MSG on Friday morning for a press conference. Another note, he is friends witht he CEO of Modell's who confirmed that they have already purchased 2 million dollars worth of Lebron James Jerseys for the Knicks. Who is the best friend of Modell "JAMES DOLAN"

    July 8, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • éÑ♫╝○

      Kick rocks!!

      July 8, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      yea, thats b/c amare is having his press conference today.. not related to lebron

      July 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Who gives a crap where this clown goes!!!! They are ALL over paid anyways!!!!! As a news station, why don't you concentrate on the REAL news! Like the oil spill, unemployment, homelessness!

      July 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • FUNNY

      ur gonna look like a clown when he picks Miami. hahahahaha

      July 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dallas

      Ummm, Lebron's press conference is in Greenwich, CT tonight, not Madison Square Garden. Wow, you sure know what you're talking about!!

      July 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Johnson

      The only thing that kinda bother's me about the whole thing is how the media blows the event completely out of proportion and when the athlete cashes in on it he becomes selfish and greedy. At that point they start the process of character assassination, you guy's are like full of it with that crap. If Lebron has an opportunity to hook up with two other stars and creates a championship atmosphere; then that is a smart move on his part. No matter how good you are without a championship you will not go down in history as great. If he wants to protect that legacy he better place himself in the best possible situation and in this case it looks like Miami.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      In response to B.... Some people don't always want to focus on the negative things going on in the world. Life is hard enough without all the negative news being shoved in our face. Why get all worked up about an oil spill that we can do nothing about or the homeless which more than likely you are not supporting? Sometimes its nice to just sit back and get excited about something that doesnt matter. I have no interest in basketball and don't care where he goes but I have a $1 bet with a coworker that says he stays in Cleveland.

      July 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      I think his best chance of being spoken of in the same manner of Jordan, Johnson and Bird is if he stays put in Cleveland and procedes to win a championship there. That is what would make him great. Give Cleveland it's first championship, then its second, third fourth fifth and sixth to enter history at the level of Jordan. It took Jordan many years before he won his first ring.

      July 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      Lebron is not that great of a basketball player to 1 get all this attention and 2 to have it televised?! I mean really??? I know where LJ can go, he can go to hell and stay there!!! ESPN has nothing better else to do I guess. Sports is really becoming or I should say sport players are becoming way overrated. This is what my kid who is 10 and his friends have to look up to??? Really sucks!

      July 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candy Man

      What a mistake if LeBron signs with anyone besiides the Cavaliers. If he wants to be considered a legacy player in his career, he needs to follow the Jordan footprint and make the team who drafted him a champion. Instead of running off to another team with all his buddies to try to overpower the NBA. What's the challenge there. LeBron work with the cav's front office to getYOPUR supporting cast, and do it the right way.

      July 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. summer2island

    Lebron James doesn't care about winning, he has his reputation already as the Greatest Player Ever... So now he's only in it for the money. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan both had to work hard and win Championships for them to be associated with the words "The Greatest Ever", LeBron on the other hand hasn't, ever since he came into the league he had the crown in his head.

    July 8, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jj

      def doesn't hav the rep as the geatest player ever..what planet do u live on?

      July 8, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      he can hardly call himself the best ever, but he's well on his way if he can win some championships with the cavs. Otherwise, he'll have to settle for "One of the Greatest"

      July 8, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • C_Mack

      summer2island-With all due respect, your an idiot and I'll explain why. As much of a Lebron hater I am, I respect his game. I cannot stand players who are all about ME which is what Lebron is all about which is the reason he needs to be in the spotlight with cameras surronding him this evening to inform you what team he will be playing for next yr. With that being said, if your comment about him not caring about winning,and being all about the $$$$ was even close to accurate he would stay with the Cavs you doosh bag. There is NO TEAM out there that can pay him more than the Cavs can. If Lebron is showing anything at all to the general public, it's that he has more of a desire to win championships than he does the money. He will be taking a pay cut to play with any other team out there other than the Cavs. The only true advantage other than winning championships will be the fact that Cleveland is a small market, so playing for the Heat, Bulls, Knicks will give him much better endorsement offers. Learn the game and how it operates before judging someone and believe me when I say I'm a Lebron hater! Go Mavs!

      July 8, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      R u an IDIOT! He is going to get paid whereever he goes. It is all about the ring right now!!

      July 8, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • NM in NM

      To be the greatest, you need to earn championships with a team not bought and stacked by the owner, but by creating an environment of hustle and bringing your teammates up to your level. MJ did just that. Kobe has attempted, but his team was mostly bought. LeBron hasn't done anything worthwhile in Cleveland to bring his teammates up a level. Sorry, but you're just flat out wrong. LeBron wants to be given a championship on a silver platter and that is what Miami will do. Hope it doesn't work out. You never turn your back on your hometown.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      I think you are the only person in the world that would call LJ the greatest player ever. Anyone who would make such a stupid statement know little more about basketball other then two goals and a round ball.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • TONYMONEY

      He is not the greatest player on the planet. That is Kobe Bryant.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      greatest player ever?? what are you smoking?? more like the most overrated non winning player ever. he probably will never win a championship because he is a loser.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Im from Ohio. LeBron isn't interested in money, he is interested in winning championships. Your an idiot, You better check your sources again man ha. I hope he stays in Cleveland, but would not blame him for going to Miami.

      July 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thatguy

      @TONEYMONEY...You have not been watching the game or understand it for that matter to say Kobe is the greatest player ever. I laugh! He hasn't been alive long enough! Again, I laugh.

      July 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Papa

      Hey, don't you ever put MJ name second when using it in a sentence with Kobe. That is very disrespectful and you should know better. James is a king in his own mind only. Oh, and in Cleveland.

      July 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. summe2

    Imagine Kobe without his Rings, he would be like Tracy McGrady without all the injuries. Imagine Michael Jordan without his rings... Idk who to compare him to but he wouldn't be all that great

    July 8, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • jj

      wow mj wouldn't b all that great? get outta here

      July 8, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You can't have MJ w/o the rings. Kobe, yes, since his team was bought many times over. MJ worked with his team over the course of many years to buld it into one of the toughest franchises in NBA history.

      July 8, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. fdsafdsafd

    L.B.J. is gonna punk the city of Cleveland...Hey, they're used to it... The NBA is a joke...

    July 8, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Friendly

      Not LeBron's fault nobody wants to live in Cleveland.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      He probably will leave or Punk the Cavs, But who can blame him you go where you can win. Hell Even Teams move so they can win ... Damn I miss the sonics... Now All the Miami Heat Need to do is go get Ray Allen and give him a modest contract and start expanding the trophy case....

      July 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vox

    LeBron. Bosh. Wade. And a bunch of minimum salary players? Last time I checked you needed to have some depth on your bench. Three superstars doesn't leave you much room to get that depth on your bench.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Free Agents will line up for min contracts for a chance to win. Remember Karl Malone?

      July 8, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Mizzy

      can u say Celtics!!

      July 8, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tammy Downs

    well, none of them wanted to go out with me at the the aftrer parties. me got to screw round some but with they homies an my gurhls

    July 8, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • sosad88

      what..?

      July 8, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • nakedwanda

      quiet down chicken head

      July 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Parma

      OMG...please STFU, you are an idiot

      July 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Boston has everyone looking for their own Big Three. Miami looks like they will win the race. The Knicks never had a chance, real ballers hate losing too much to go to an outfit like that.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      That is why Amare Stoudamire left the Suns to go to the Knicks. He is a no defense playing selfish jerk!!!

      July 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    LeBron can go where he pleases. In the end, once he chooses, the charade will all be over, and we can see how everything plays out in the regular season. He'll do well wherever he goes (ie-of the big three that are top contenders courting him). I'd like to see him stay with the cavs and give Jordan's career a run for its money, but, still, it would be cool to see Miami become a Laker Killer.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Long Live The Los Angeles Lakers..World Champs

      July 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. WenNeverFail

    Does "rings" truly consider you as the greatest player ever. Robert Horry for example, good player, 7 rings. Thats more than MJ, MJ is defined as the greatest player ever. Rings help on the resume' for it, but it doesn't define it. LBJ was to retire today, some would still put him in the HOF. I personally am a LBJ fan. But I wouldn't call him the greatest player ever. He still has a lot to prove to me. One is winning that ring. He can do that....if....he comes to Chicago!!!!! Lol. Bulls fan for life!

    July 8, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • StupidAcronyms

      What's all this talk about Lydon Baines Johnson? Put LBJ in Wikipedia and you get the 37th President of the United States. You have to click disambiguations for it to even show LeBron James. Besides... last I understood, someone's initials are the first letter of each name. It's LeBron James (or LJ) not Le Bron James which would mean The Bron James, and then we would all be asking what the hell is a Bron anyways?

      July 8, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • LBJ 4 life

      LBJ is the 36th president of the U.S., but nice try on being a smarta$$

      July 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo

      Stupid acronyms, does laying out your outfits for the next day before you go to bed help with your compulsive need for order? Its a nickname, not an english exam.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • StupidAcronyms

      You're right, 36th President, my bad. I have trouble with 6s and 7s, they look too much alike.

      Geronimo, yes it does. 🙂

      I'm just having fun. There's too much focus on this stuff. A primetime special? Seriously? Granted, the guys a very good ballplayer but seriously?

      July 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ponytail

      Stupid Acronyms.....are you as cute as you are funny?

      July 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidAcronyms

      I sure hope so! 🙂

      July 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • toddrf

      To be considered an all-time great, it's best to have at least a couple of rings. You don't want to be basketball's version of Dan Marino. The difference between Robert Horry and MJ is that nobody was building a team around Horry. Horry contributed to his teams, but he isn't the reason why they won, whereas MJ certainly was.
      On another subject, I don't think the salary he gets anywhere is going to be a deciding factor. He stands to make much more money outside of the game if he can cement his legacy with a few championships. I mean, look at Jordan...the guy's still cashing checks from Nike!

      July 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob W

    I just can't wait until this is all over...the amount of time the media has spent on this is airtime wasted!

    July 8, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. luci

    I read this today...and never true words spoken.......9:38 a.m.–If the Cincinnati Bengals outspoken wide receiver Chad Ochocino can offer some insight into LeBron's decision, then that might be some good news for Cavs fans. Earlier today, Ochocinco (OGOchoCinco) posted this on Twitter: "Kobe-Magic-Jordan-Bird all created legacies on their own teams, they didn't join together to make winning a ring easy #Lebronwilldodasame" and "nickname is #KingJames, Kings lead with the help of an army (supporting cast on team) a lead dog doesn't join supastars to make it easy."

    It's in his court now.............................

    July 8, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Bron! who cares. Everyone feeding his BIG EGO. I use to watch the back in the day when it was a team game. These days all the MBA is about ME ME ME ME ME!!!

    July 8, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Curious: What does MBA stand for Mike?
      LeBron James is not going to stay on the Cav's. True leaders look inside themselves at the onset of failure. Fake kings blame their teams. I feel that if LeBron moves to the Knicks, he will be able to preserve his legacy. If he moves to Miami, his induction into the HOF will be forever tainted.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Also see

      Like Kob(me) Br(i)ant

      July 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JB

    Basketball is a ridiculous sport full of thugs. who cares?

    July 8, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Apparently you cared enough to read the article and post a comment.

      July 8, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • DirtyBathWater

      Chill out Fred. I don't care about Lebronie either. Or you, Fred.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DontEverDoThatAgain

    Lebron James is such a drama queen. He's not concerned with winning, he's concerned with attention. Get out of the NBA, you make me sick. #donteverdothatagain

    July 8, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. LA_Import

    LBJ will go wherever he can, all issues accounted for. Bottom line, GO LAKERS!

    July 8, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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