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. Jay

    The sad thing is the 100's of millions of dollars these teams have to pay these players..... Alot of people can't afford tickets anymore because of players getting so much Money.....

    July 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2bornot2b

      ignorance is bliss

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

    I find it interesting that 3 players, James, Bosh and Wade, can collude and together determine where they will play the following year to the point of orchestrating in what order they will announce that change, and if the owners did the same it would be called collusion and they would be hauled before congress with everyone claiming anti-trust violations.

    July 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PipeLayer

    Kobe, tell me how my $$$ taste....

    July 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mitchyj

    If he really cared about the Boys Club, just send a donation. A one-hour special for this nonsense.
    And once again, the media panders to the worst instincts in people. Led by the total shills over at ESPN.
    As REM said, "it's the end of the world as we know it".

    July 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bongo

    Magic Johnson might have joined up with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird and won 10 championships, but it wouldn't mean anything. Stacking a Dream Team like this cheapens rings. If Lebron runs into arms of Wade and Bosh it can only mean he doesn't believe he can win championship carrying team like Magic, Jordan, Kobe, Bird, etc.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MooShooChicken

      My sediments exactry.
      Johnson was the best team leader.
      Is not that the true measure of a champion?
      Hard to win without 2 other top free agents on your team.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mif991

      No it doesn't. The Lakers had Karl Malone and the Glove one year to go along with Kobe and Shaq, but fell short. The Celtics staked themselves with Garnett and Allen and won one, but none since. This year, if "old" Fisher doesn't play like he did in the finals, the Celtics would be the champs (as well as the year before). If Paxton doesn't hit some game winners for Chicago, Jordan doesn't win a couple championships. Its a team effort, and every champion needs its supporting cast to come through when it matters...even if James joins Wade and Bosh it is not a guarantee...

      July 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2bornot2b

      magic, larry and mj had awesome players around them. they didn't do anything on their own.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gerald L. Broadwater

    You people must be crazy. Why do you even give a crap about it? Too much money for nothing. You folks will
    pay for him not me.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MooShooChicken

      Gerald, you already pay for him with your taxes.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CJ

    JORDAN is the greatest of all time, the person who gave the crown to Lebron is a stone cold NUTTTTT. Lebron is not the best player in the NBA know. That crown belongs to killer Cali Kobe Bryant and Kobe did not want to see 23. Just check Jordan's stats.

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

    In a league full of drama queen prima donnas LBJ has just put himself head and shoulders above. Proceeds for charity my aunties behind. If he actually goes through with this and dusts off Cleveland, he will be despised. Even the marketing yahoos that work with these high profile athletes will have to take that into consideration when signing him up for his next contract. At least here, maybe in China they won't care about it, and apparently thats where a lot of the money is being made now.

    And, if he goes to Miami, he will forever be nothing. One part of a bought team. No matter what they accomplish, anyone who mentions his name (or Bosh, or Wade) among the greats will be laughed out of the room.

    These people need to dust off the handlers/image consultants/promotors/ad agents and use their brains. If they have any.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Miami

    He had the choice of any city and any team. Hes gona pick miami haaaaa screw you other cities, theres no place better in the U.S than Miami. Not only did we win the Lebron sweepstakes, but we got Wade and Bosh, in other words the only free agents every team wanted.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steven

    I'm a Knicks fan; but I'd love to see LeBron stay in Cleveland. I respect a player who's loyal to his fans. Cavs fans have shown how much they want him to stay - he should stay!
    And, greatest player ever? Hmm, MJ in his prime or LBJ in his prime? I'm taking Michael every time – MJ made everybody around him better and he won those championships because he understood how to be a team player, but knew when to take the team on his shoulders too.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MoonsOverMyHammy

    Miami has hot babes too. Most of them are illegal though.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Azygus

    I think the NBA FINALS are fixed for certain team to win. It is all about the money for both the Players and the Owners.
    As a society, we are paying to much attention to Sports.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2bornot2b

      they are not fixed, sir.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suckout

      Yes, they are. My friends brothers sister workos for Gary Bettman and he said they were so that they cold max out the # of games and hit the biggest markets. That's why Las Vegas will never hanve another championship.

      Go Irish.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2bornot2b

      they lied to you

      July 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2bornot2b

      my wife's cousin's brother's second cousin's uncle's brother twice removed owns a casino... he said they aren't

      July 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AS

    GO CELTICS 17 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS. KOBE IS STILL A RAPIST.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2bornot2b

      celtics are the puss in a pimple on a gorilla's sweaty scrotum

      July 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kobe

    you cant be a king without the f–king rings. All the fans who support are morons. He is a bum. What has he ever won? Dont ever say his name with Jordan or Kobe.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg2804

      I agree with what u r saying but, if he does go the miami and him Wade and Bosh with 4 would he be if that Jordan's and Kobe's league.

      July 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg2804

    Why r some of you talking about James being all about me me me. I think that NIKE has alot more to do with this TV deal than James does. And another thing is that people need to stop thinking they know where he is going some might guess correct but that is all they r really doing guessing.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mif991

      We all know he is going to NY. The Globetrotters never lose.

      July 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg2804

      if everyone i have heard was right about knowing where his going there would have to be 4 LJ. Miami, Chicago, Cleveland, and New York. Nobody know's

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