Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh apparently did have that free-agent summit
this past weekend in Miami, according to ESPN.com
. The Yalta Conference of the NBA, if you will, apparently discussed the possibility of all three teaming up on the Heat roster.
Either the media is engaged in a vicious conspiracy to raise the hopes of wary Miami sports fans, only to crush their souls and lick their tears when it all turns out to be hearsay and rumors, or -- oh my God -- there really is a serious chance this could happen.
Of course, the ESPN report carries a few caveats. Namely that LeBron isn't 100 percent hot on the Heat idea just yet:
Yet sources with knowledge of the meeting stressed to ESPN.com that James, while clearly intrigued by the possibility of forming a star-studded Miami trio with Wade and Bosh, has not yet committed to leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for South Beach.
One source did label Miami as the new frontrunner to land James in a package deal with Bosh and a re-signed Wade but also cautioned that James was "non-committal" with the start of free agency fast approaching.
Sources said James remains committed to fielding free-agent pitches from several teams when free agency officially opens Thursday at 12:01 a.m. ET, with the Chicago Bulls continuing to rank as a highly appealing destination and a return to Cleveland still figuring prominently in his thinking and with the Dallas Mavericks looming as an intriguing outsider
That's assuming the meeting actually happened. The Miami Herald reached out to two representatives for Wade
, and they told the paper that Wade was in Chicago all weekend and the summit never happened.
However, ESPN basically says, "Jump off a bridge, Herald, and take your reporting with you." The sports network claims all three men were in town for a party held by DJ Irie.
The Sun-Sentinel says
the discussion might have taken place, but doesn't confirm if there was an actual summit in Miami.
The only person associated with the Heat not excited about the possibility is probably Micheal Beasley. He'd almost certainly be traded to make salary room for James and Bosh.