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. ScottTX

    The problem with Lebron is that he is a business man. He is in the business of being the most marketable NBA player since Jordan. If he truely cared about winning, he would stick with the Cavs. Lebron didn't single handingly get them to the Playoffs this year. It was a team effort. He was surrounded with good enough talent to get them that far. When all is said and done, he choked (I'm not discounting the Celtics though. They played like the hungrier team.)

    Lebron is treading on dangerous ground. He is already making this year's free agency a circus. If he stays with the Cavs, he'll anger those that he's spoken to and annoy everyone that has been following all of the "rumors". Of course, if he decides to leave the Cavs and join the Heat/Bulls/Knicks (heck, he'll play for all of em!); then he'll have the daunting task of bringing a championship to whichever team he decides to move to. The problem is, failure isn't an option. The Bulls have the necessary talent, but lack the superstart. The Knicks have Amare now, and adding Lebron could push them over the top. The Heat will have Wade and Bosh. Throw Lebron into that picture, and you have the most dangerous team. Since the Media is viewing Lebron as the "wild-card" to bring a team the championship, failing to do so will be on him and will classify him as seriously overrated.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • J4000

      So his team gets the credit for getting to the playoffs, but LeBron gets the blame for losing in the playoffs?

      July 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • LSUStevo

      Where in TX are you from, Scott?

      July 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Takes more than superstars to win a championship. Ask the 2003-04 Lakers:
    Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant coached by Phil Jackson.

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

      you fail to mention that malone was over 40 and payton was 36...

      July 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • G-man

      Please see 2008 Boston Celtics.

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

      G-Man: '08 Celtics had Perkins, Baby Doc and Rando. Not likely Miami will be able to get a decent center or pg after all their cap space is gone to the big 3.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    Actually, I have it on good authority that LeBron is going to take the Vikings QB job and Brett is going to play for the Heat.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Becks

      that is hilarious!!! best comment all day... 🙂

      July 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I agree! That made me crack up! 🙂

      July 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayson

      I award you 10 internets sir! Well played.

      July 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The King's Court

    King Labron will go down as the greatest player of all time. He is brilliant his control on the court. I think he may be the first owner/active player/coach I will be tuned in tonight, it reminds me of Apollo Creed in Rocky, Now if Labron comes out to "Living in America" and comes down on a stage (w/ fireworks and sparklers) I will pass out from the sheer Labron madness though me! I hope Justin Beiber can make an appearance as well, that would be rock solid! I am so "with it" I'm wearing my Labron James jersey right now over my business suit!!!

    July 8, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      funny how you can't even spell his name right, unless you're being a re.tard on purpose.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • The King's Court

      Yes you caught me I was tard'in on purpose...

      July 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Makavelly

    CMACK – are you an idiot or just posing as one? seriously the amount of cash LeBron would make in NYC so outrwighs what little extra cash Cleveland ponies iup for th
    e extra year, it might even work to LeBrons advantage a shorter contract...

    July 8, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The Cavs can actually pay him $30 million more than any other team because he's a member of the team. You fail at being intelligent.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TryThinkingForOnce

      Oh, wow. Did the new collective bargaining agreement stop NBA players from receiving endorsement money? Economists have said that a career in NYC would yield LeBron an additional $400M in over-the-top endorsements, but I'm sure he'll take the $30M since he can't have them anymore.

      Jeez. One-track mind much? Why would he be limited to salary? He makes much more off the court.

      Try looking big picture before presenting small mind.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. summe2

    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 headImagine 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 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. summe2

    LeBron is in it for the money, he grew up poor and I don't blame him. And things like this happens everywhere in Sports, because poor kids grow up with the dream of getting their first pay check for playing in the NBA. Kobe and MJ didn't grow up poor... so money has never been a top priority.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ScottTX

      Yes and no. Of course you want the money, but after a certain point you're in it for the status; not the money. In Lebron's case, he is in it for the status. He'll make $16M+ p/year wherever he goes. Throw in his endorsement deals, he's doing just fine. So money really isn't an issue.

      July 8, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Agree with ScottTX except I think rather than 'status,' championships and legacy are the most important to him. And the potential for sponsorships would dwarf any salary from his future team if it were to win a few trophies. I think the key is to chose a major market that has not been in contention for a couple decades so he can demonstrate that he really made a mark.

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

      Then, he best option for showing what he is made of would be the Knicks. The last time they were contenders was when Ewing was in the league. Their last Championship was 70-something.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. The King's Court

    I spell my LaBron with an "a" because it sounds more frenchy, royale and regal..... ;^)

    July 8, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Preet

      um..."Le" is more "frenchy" than "La". Spanish uses La. Not french.

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

      Actually, Preet, both le and la are used in French. Le for masculine nouns. La for feminine. So, in actuality, the OP expresses his intent correctly with la.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also see

      That would make LaBron correct....since he is more feminine than masculine

      July 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. captamerica22

    if he goes somewhere elese, he will just be considered one of the greatest players. but...

    if he wins with cleveland, i feel he will take a team on his back and make them a championship team all by himself when no one else has. jordan won with pippen, larry won with parrish, kobe with shaq and gasol, dwayne with shaq... etc... he wins one in miami and it's going to be, "oh, he won one but he also had bosh and wadd, they could have won without james."

    July 8, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • captamerica22

      my spelling is off, sorry. wade, else, etc...

      July 8, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. BillyTheExterminator

    Lebron will do OK with the Heat. I think that with the 3 players, they
    can provide enough offense. Even if the other players
    blow a few shots here and there, they will still score 95-100 pts per game.
    Me, personally I like the Bulls for Champs 2011.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dagwood McCully (Ireland)

    Funny I remember Lebron having Shaq on his team and he still couldn't win...Jordan had a hodge-podge of people and still won championships. Win ya 6 championships then we MIGHT call you "the greatest ever".

    Labron is still young and does not have the most crucial element in Championship games...coming through in the clutch..

    July 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyTheExterminator

      How are the babes in IReland?

      July 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dagwood McCully (Ireland)

      Doing well! They are watching mother as usual, thx for asking.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. BillyTheExterminator

    Lebron is a choke artist. He will win a total of 0 championships.

    If he does go to Miami, don't you think that Wade and the other dude, Bosh, will be ticked that he is making such a spectacle of HIS decision to go to Miami?

    I say, go Pistons!

    July 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. BillyTheExterminator

    Lebron has what it
    takes to be a winner. He has that
    it factor. I think in a few years he will be
    up to about 3-4 rings. THat seems to be
    the most important factor for people.
    But you never know.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. shelbydawkins

    I agree... it is a sport populated by scary looking thugs who only care about themselves and their bling

    July 8, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyTheExterminator

      I agree. That's why I like golf. If only we could get Tiger to quit.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Waleed

      Sounds like the racists are on board today. "Scary looking"? And someone else responded that this is why he wants Tiger to quite (because he is the one black holdout right)?

      July 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • PipeLayer

      The only rayciss is you Waleed.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also see

      Tiger did quit...on his marriage that is

      July 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HawkeyeNFO

    Not that it matters to him but if LeBron leaves Cleveland, I'm sure that a lot of people, including myself, will lose respect for him. If it's just about winning, and LeBron James is supposed to be the best player in the league right now, then why would he leave HIS house to go to SOMEONE ELSE'S house to win? If it's all about winning, why wouldn't he want to bring the championship to his hometown? Why wouldn't he take a cut in pay in order to facilitate getting a supporting cast put together to help him win championships in Cleveland? Hell, if it's really just about winning championships, then why wouldn't he just run to LA and play for the league minimum, since we already know that the team with the largest market share will win championships? (Not everyone is as dumb as you think, David Stern. Just LA Fans...) If LeBron decides to leave Cleveland, he'd better do it in the middle of the night and make the conscious decision to never return to that city – ever. I doubt that he, or anyone that he knows, would be welcome in that city. I wish you the best of luck, Cleveland. It's sad that he already thinks so much of himself that he has to hold a one-hour special to divulge where he's going. We're idiots for paying attention to this crap...

    July 8, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      It would be like Babe Ruth leaving Boston, the Colts leaving Baltimore, or the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn. Some things can't be lived down, no matter what the reasons.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      *cough* Art Modell *cough*

      July 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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