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. summe2

    the king is staying in the kingdom. The king CANNOT LEAVE in Miami-wande county..
    guys: He has Larry King and all the teams ( knicks, miami,nets) come see him at his kingdom.
    He receive is MVP throphy at his kingdom....Do you really thinK "Sima" the lion king is going to live in a Zoo.At the top of what I just said, He is having a prime time on ESPN, Just like Obama does to address the nation, Come guys.....ThE KING is staying.... He just made some money for the kids ( Boys and gilrs clubs) He really play us really good. Good move King....good move

    July 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 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 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. summe2

    the king is staying in the kingdom. The king CANNOT LEAVE in Miami-wande county.
    guys: He has Larry King and all the teams ( knicks, miami,nets) come see him at his kingdom.
    He receive is MVP throphy at his kingdom....Do you really thinK "Sima" the lion king is going to live in a Zoo.At the top of what I just said, He is having a prime time on ESPN, Just like Obama does to address the nation, Come guys.....ThE KING is staying.... He just made some money for the kids ( Boys and gilrs clubs) He really play us really good. Good move King....good move

    July 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Austin

    Getting kind of tired of LeBron James owning every media outlet. seriously, it's LeBron James. ok. we've heard so much about him in the past week, that I wanna puke every time I hear his name.

    July 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mr. mike

    ok first off guys money will definately be a factor... leaving cleveland won't be a pay cut...sure his salary will drop but he will more than make up for it with indorsments and merchandising why do you think NY ran that article that he would be a billionare if he were to chose the knicks it is because of all the money he could make with indorsments in NY it is a much bigger market with much more money to be made lebron himself has already said straight out that he wants to make enough money that generations after him don't have to ever worry about a thing there for as much as a championship is on his mind so is the money that is why i say he is leaving cleveland most likely for the heat...there he gets the best of both worlds more money and best chance for a championship

    July 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Prince Sam the Bass Man

    I agree with a statement that Kobe Bryant made. "He is the King who wears the crown but has no ring." LeBron is an excellent player,worthy of a lot of props. I've seen a lot of comments about where James should go and what he should do. I propose a question. What happens if James goes to Miami or Chicago or New York and STILL can't produce a championship? My big concern is that if he winds up in Miami,there's always the chance of self-destruction within the team due to having that caliper of players on one squad. It could lead to a lot of internal squabbling as to who leads the team. I will make it clear immediately that I am an Orlando fan,so I'm not taking sides either way.
    In my opinion,LeBron is best suited to go to Chicago. BUT,there is a drawback to this. Chicago is a very well built team and if you added LeBron James to the mix,it could spell trouble for the NBA.
    The problem: If he wins one,Chicago is going to expect him to win at least 5 more.
    As I said,I'm not taking sides here and I am just stating my opinion. Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

    July 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pourya

    I hope Kanye West interrupts LeBron James tonight
    and says "I'll let you finish, but Jordan is the greatest player of all
    time"

    July 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kING who??

      Hilarious!!!!! best thing I've heard all day.

      July 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kam

      That's just funny!!!! hahaha...Really wish something like that would happen haha 🙂

      July 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hungry Todd Rungy

    The REAL question is...WHERE WILL HUNGRY TODD RUNGY COMPETE NEXT?

    July 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also see

      Is LaBron the guy who was downing all the HDBs on Sunday? I heard Kobi didn't play

      July 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Prince Sam the Bass Man

    @Pourya
    As much as I dislike Kanye,I'd almost pay to see that!

    July 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kenny S. / Texas

    Basketball although has a salary cap will have teams that will be more favored to win due to the guys who want to dominate the NBA that will play together such as what Lebron and his homies down in Miami will do. Do you really think he will hold out due to the monies? The indorsemnents alone will be more than he makes in salary. They will play together and win a few rings as well then thay will part ways so they can figure out where to spend all your cash. You gotta love the good ol US of A.

    July 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    I really hope that Lebron does what is best for him. So far it seems that he is repeating the smae old story you see time and time again. A young athlete with lots of money and lots of people living off his hard work and potential. They will be with you until the money runs out. They are never really "friends." I hope he realizes that he needs to cut off any funds that go to any of these so called friends and goes for the largest amount of money he can. Therefore, he should sign with Cleveland. That is where he gets the most guaranteed money. He really only needs to secure 1 to 2 complementary players to help him get the championships that will enable him to get the long term indorsements that will maximize his earnings. Good Luck Lebron.

    July 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. VĂ­ctor

    Lebron is the most overrated player ever. How can he be "The King" without a throne (championship). He is good but that's it. It is interesting that despite all the hype in the media, only 5 teams were looking for him. Lebron is not a complete player, his ball handling is below average and his "game back to the basket" is almost null. His jumpshot has improved and his drives toward the basket is by far his best asset (when he is facing the basket and dribbling sometimes up to 10 seconds looking for an open lane).

    An MVP who could not send his team even to the conference finals for 2 straight years? Who cares where he goes.

    July 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. person

    i hope he is hated if he leaves cleveland....he is cleveland...but yea this is over heard about...wow

    July 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. person

    ok i dont hope that anymore... i just hope he does what he wants.. but cleveland wont like him anymore...and the team will be awful

    July 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Old School Curmudgeon

    He really doesn't even qualify on my top ten list of greatest players. King James? LBJ? This is all nonsense. He is a linebacker that can jump like a deer, basically unguardable at this point (similar to Dr. J in '76-'77), but his knees will not last, maybe only two or three more years at this physical level. Everyone, have a nice evening watching.

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