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.

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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. JJ

    Why is it that you nutheads place a label on someone like James as "The Greatest Player" . He is just another player so quit placing labels on players. There will always be players like James. There is no such thing as labelling someone as "The greatest Player" , so please get real you dodos.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      Then the nutheads are LeBron and Co. as well. He is after all the SELF-proclaimed "King" of the Court..What a damn ego on this kid....

      July 8, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Russ

    It's 50-50 whether he will go with the Heat or the Cavs. If he leaves the Cavs, he will be considered a traitor for all time. There will be an asterisk next to his name and a footnote. Whenever mention is made of him, they will always ask, how many championships the Cavs might have won, or how many he would have won? If he goes with the Heat, he will get a lot of endorsements, they will win a lot of championships, and he will be a big star down there. But, some things you can't put a price on. I am from New York, and I believe he should stay with the Cavs. It would say something about what kind of man he is and that everything can't be bought. He would go down in history as one of the best sportsmen ever. Go with the Heat, and he can forget about all of that. In fact, he might have to double his security to protect against disgruntled Cleveland fans.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • ScottTX

      He could potentially win a lot of Championships, but imagine if he didn't? Imagine the stigma of being one of the best players in the league that couldn't win a Championship? Malone and Stockton had that problem. They were truely great players that didn't get a ring. I can see Lebron following their lead, but with the only exception being that Lebron has massive endorsements for a man that hasn't won a ring yet.

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

      I totally concur with you. I feel that if he betrays Cleveland, everyone that remotely knows him will have to leave also. He will be even more hated than Art Modell. If he goes to the heat, it simply means he can not win it on his own. I could understand his logic in leaving for Miami BUT, to be the ultimate sports legend in Clevelands' history – heck, even surpassing the great Jim Brown, he has to stay in his hometown. As we felt our hearts being ripped out by Art Modell and our beloved Browns (the current Browns team is a horrible expansion team and nothing else), should Lebron leave Cleveland we will HATE him as we've never hated anyone else. I do not currently live in Cleveland but I was born and raised there. I do know the pain of never winning anything. With Lebron, we had hope. If he leaves – the city will perish ... OK, so it's not the ideal place to live at but it is still my true home town. With Cleveland, it's all about toughing it out – we know how to do that. This entire circus actually is disgusting ... Lebron has lost a lot of his credibility with me and many others however he can redeem himself by staying at home. We WILL forgive him ... if he leaves, using a phrase, "he's dead to me"... It would destroy a once great industrial city that is grasping for anything that makes them feel like a winner. I don't care that the Cubbies haven't won in a thousand years ... I haven't seen a championship since the Browns won it in 1964 ... yes, I'm dating myself but we always remember the bad things since we've never had anything good to remember – can you say 1997 World Series which we lost in game seven??? Jose Mesa – gotta hate that guy too...actually I still blame Mike Hargrove for that decision to go with his "closer" who was horrible that year...

      July 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Waleed

    Yes, wouldn't that be a great success story if he goes to Miami. After all, we know how compared to Cleveland, Miami is a hard luck case. What with their beaches, models, movies, and warm weather. Plus, with all of the people that flock to Miami, those poor poor people must have need of even more positive attention. But us Clevelanders, we have it way better than Miami. High unemployment, poor schools and a dismal reputation that doesn't attract tourists, why would we need a Lebron James? Plus, since he is from here and should understand Cleveland's hard luck past, why would he want to see us successful. So, with as straight a face as I could muster, I cheer for those hard luck folks down in sunny Miami to finally get a break and win yet another championship.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. summe2

    LeBron has won 7 of last 9 meetings against Kobe's Lakers with a far less talented supporting cast.The stats are in James' favor by a landslide.There should be no debate as to who the BEST all around player in the game is.Kobe was and is a great player,but James has just taken it to a whole new level.James has no equal in this league...period.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ScottTX

      Lebron is better as far as being a player goes. He is more defensively and offensively rounded as a player. Kobe can defend to some extent, but he is a scorer at the end of the night. The difference between the two is the ability to come through in the clutch and the ability to put the team on your shoulders and carry them as necessary. Lebron's shoulders aren't big enough and he has problems with the clutch. Kobe on the other hand is a great clutch player and his shoulder's must be sore by now.

      July 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mif991

      James has equals for sure: Charles Barkley, Karl Malone...etc. They never won a championship.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geronimo

    I've about had enough of this clown. He's about to burn Cleveland in a televised special? Are you kidding me? I think even Akron's getting embarassed by this fool now.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NYC

      Well said, Geronimo!! I'm from Akron, living in NYC. Getting it from all sides. Football can't come soon enough.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Russ

    LeBron is married to Cleveland, like it or not. He can fantasize about all the other places he might go, just as men do about other women, but sometimes there is no other option. Has to stay or be marked for all time.

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

      Because men don't leave. Ever. Right?

      July 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also see

      Actually they don't leave...they cheat...then their contracts get canceled and they have to pay child support

      July 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. D.E. Tyler

    "All The Places You'll Go" is not going to be on King LeBron of Akron's reading list for the summer, sorry folks..

    July 8, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Weeping Icon

    All this hoopla just proves once again that he's another over paid, under educated ego maniac athlete that really doesn't "get it". If he leaves Cleveland because the only thing that matters is winning championships he's wrong. It's not the only thing. What matters more than that is loyalty...winning the championship with the guys he plays with here is what matters.

    July 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. BeReal06

    First Off, why should anyone lose respect for LeBron because he wants to go to an organization that can offer him an opportunity of getting a champion chip. ONCE AGAIN HERE ARE THE HATERS THAT ARE TALKING!. Why is everyone so against the Heat having three great players. A player can go where they want when they are a Free Agent if that organization want them!!!! A lot of jealous want to be LeBron or any baller commenting!!!!!!!!!!!! Who probably can't any Ball!! Worry about your own game & future!!

    July 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • D.E. Tyler

      Woooo! Pipe down there I can feel blood-vessel about to break from here.. Nobody is "hate'in" on here. Many (but not all) just show the dislike for the actions of LeBron for a various amount of reasons. Me, I don't like that he calls himself king, when he isn't. Others perhaps dislike his over the top clown antics. One thing that will silence us is when he gets some hardware to back up his hype...cheers!

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

      I'll be sure to worry about my own "game" and future. YOU need to worry about your inability to fully employ English grammar properly or form a complete thought and put it in written/typed form. The "hate" isn't about LeBron going to Miami. It's about LeBron leaving Cleveland, regardless of where he goes. The question would be more about why he decided to leave, or stay, if that's the case.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whatever

    My sisters boyfriends cousins uncle knows a guy who watches the Maloofs dogs and he says Lebron is going to the Kings where he's about to turn into the biggest flop in NBA history. Because I said it you know it's true.

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

    Who cares where this supporter of the criminal One-Termer ends up?

    July 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cnntruther

    Kobe's team was mostly bought??? Get a grip, numbskulls!!. There is only ONE superstar in LA: KOBE. Some of you have the Lakers confused with the Yankees: they really BUY championships, blatantly so. Kobe operates, solo, with a group of complimentary players, but please do not insult the man by saying that he surounded by so much, bought talent. Bought team? You may want to check the Celtics!!
    One last thing: i do not think that it is a good thing for players to, openly, campaign for other free-agents to join them in a team – seems a bit obscene to me, like stacking the deck. Players like Lebron seem to be saying: " I am Great, so I must be winning championships; something is wrong if I am not winning championships". Yeah, something is wrong alright: other teams are playing their butts off – compete and stop whining. If you are so great, why must you stack the deck with other great players in order to win?
    Back to the Lakers: I dare any of you to name a championship team in recent history that had fewer than 2 superstars on its roster. You may stop cecking now; the answer: LAKERS! Specifically, Kobe's LAKERS. And, Lebron, I know of a few superstars who played for a very long time without winning championships: Barlkley, Ewing, Malone ..., so, please, stop the whining nonsense.

    July 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Diddy

      You sir are an crazy! Bynum, Odom, Gasol, Fisher??? Plus a pretty good coach. What you meant to say was the Lakers are the only to team to win a championship with only one "Rapist" on the team.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Diddy

      Since you dared me...THE SPURS!!!! One superstar and good supporting cast..SO THERE!!!! EAT IT!!!

      July 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Geronimo

    PD reporting that he's told his inner circle that hes headed to Miami

    July 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. courtney

    he's going to stun us all, pick the Clippers out of left-field and DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN.

    pleeeeeeease, LeBron. i'm sick of all my seasons being a big, giant SUCK!!! Chargers, Padres, UCLA Bruins and the Clippers... bring me SOME joy! all i do is SSSSUFFFEERRRRRRR! ; )

    July 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRockSays

      Try rooting for The Lions... you don't know what it means to suffer.

      Go Blue!

      July 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    I am getting sick of hearing the name "Lebron James" Make up your mind and get out of news. No one cares about how much money you make playing with balls or who you're doing it with. What joke.

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