Here Are All of Your "LeBron Could Leave Miami" Rumors

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After Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem opted out of their contracts over the weekend, conventional wisdom has it that the Big Three are angling to re-sign with the Heat under restructured deals. After all, the trio was spotted lunching at Soho Beach House last week.

However, it's not a done deal, and there are still some rumors and reports out there that the story could play out much differently.

See also: LeBron James Is Opting Out of His Miami Heat Contract

First off, there's a Yahoo! Sports report from this weekend indicating that LeBron is seeking a max contract or at least something closer to it.

ESPN reported the same rumors today and says that if any other teams contact James, they'll be promptly informed that he wants a max payday.

Wade and Bosh are apparently aware of James' wishes, and it would likely fall on them to take major pay cuts to keep the team together with enough space to bring in some new players.

Though, LeBron's max dreams do rule out some other teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets do not have the cap space to sign James at the max.

Other teams, like the Phoenix Suns and L.A. Lakers, do have the space, and at least the Suns are really interested. (They're planning an aggressive push at signing LeBron and then hope to lure Carmelo Anthony as well. Granted, Anthony's own free-agency search is being closely watched as well, and no one has mentioned he'll make a trip to Phoenix.)

Then there's a Fox Sports article claiming LeBron's decision is "up in the air," and it truly hits Miami Heat fans in the guts. According to Fox Sports Ohio writer Sam Amico, an anonymous source says LeBron feels "no strong attachment to Miami or the organization." The source also says LeBron's wife, Savannah, isn't too keen on Miami and would rather move back to Ohio or to San Diego (where the two were married last year). There isn't an NBA team in San Diego, so that's not too helpful.

Amico also reports that the source says LeBron's decision will not depend on what Wade or Bosh decides to do.

But all the other sources Amico spoke with "suspect James, Wade, and Bosh all will re-sign with the Heat and negotiate more opt-out clauses into their contracts."

So basically this a case of several sources saying one thing but a writer going with the lone source who is saying something else for the controversy. Cool job!

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Loretta Menth
Loretta Menth

I am do tired of poopy pants crampy crybsby james and hid bullshit .Let the asshole fall off face of the earth nobody fucking cares. Not even his sorry ass fans at home. TWICE he is soo disgusting plz LEAVE FOR GOOD U SUCK POOPY PANTS.DO EVERYBODY A FSVOR LEAVE BECAUSS THRN THE HEAT EILL FO A HELL OF ALOT BETTER WITHOUT YOU.BYE BYE !

Alex Howard
Alex Howard

I would like to see the "source" of the Ohio sportswriter

Dan Helfers
Dan Helfers

If Germany beats Algeria by at least 2 goals, then technically Lebron could still be eligible to stay in Miami.

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

James took a pay cut to play in Miami

LeBron James has been at the center of free agent drama before. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 and played with them through the 2009-2010 season. At the end of the season, he departed in free agency to join Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat. Wade and James were also joined by Chris Bosh, formerly of the Toronto Raptors. All three players were drafted in 2003 and had been perennial All-Stars for years. They were also close friends.

Given the salary cap rules, it was not possible for the Heat to pay all three players the individual maximum salary. But they all decided that they wanted to play together and maximize their odds at winning championships, so they all agreed to accept small discounts to play in Miami. The sting of reduced salary was salved by Miami's high quality of life and the fact that Florida has no state income tax.

The terms of the arrangement were that Wade, James, and Bosh would all accept essentially the same salary (James and Bosh are paid the exact same amount, Wade is paid very slightly less) even though everyone agreed that James was the superior player.

HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Though count: 3

You're letting me down Kyle.


jesus.... loretta menth? more like LORETTA METH if you ask me. 

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