Tag: LeBron James Rumors

Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return


Thumbnail image for wade_bosh.jpgDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season.

There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media.

Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls. However, once he took his emotions out of the equation the key for him was Bosh.

“But it came down to Chris, and his decision to come here… unfortunately it did not work out, but Chicago still has my heart,” Wade said of his hometown.

Both men said that with the two of them — and whatever players are brought in — they expect to be able to compete for titles immediately.

Both men said there would be no changing their decisions (they cannot sign deals until tomorrow), but both also danced around questions of years and money. Wade could take a six-year max deal in the $120 million range. Bosh could get the same thing if Toronto agrees to a sign-and-trade deal. If not, his max deal could only be five-years and a little under $100 million.

That is, unless LeBron James comes to Miami with them. Then they might all have to take a pay cut to play together.

Wade played the LeBron situation politically correct — that he’d love to play with James but said James has to make his own decision. Wade said this was about him and Bosh.

“This opportunity for Chris and I to team up, (for me) to team up with someone of his caliber as a basketball players, was too good,” Wade said.

Bosh was candid in saying he enjoyed he free agency process, but that this was the best decision.

“I wanted to choose the best decision for me and my family and this was the best situation for me,” Bosh said.

There was nothing new or terribly interesting in their first public statements — they hit their talking points and stuck to the script like rehearsed pros.

But they made it official — tomorrow Wade and Bosh will sign with the Miami Heat. And suddenly that franchise is back to being a potential contender.

Teams, some in LeBron James camp caught off-guard by television program


Thumbnail image for LeBron_solo.jpgYou thought the LeBron James television special idea came out of the blue, imagine the teams that have been courting him?

According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials from the teams that met with LeBron did not know of the television special until the word broke on ESPN last night. Here is his tweet:

Teams & even several people in James own camp were blindsided when hearing about ESPN show.

I’m told none of LeBron’s suitors know his decision. It seems possible of all them could remain in dark leading up to tomorrow night.

ESPN will broadcast LeBron’s decision as part of an hour-long special Thursday night. The idea was hatched by LeBron’s shrinking inner circle, who took it to ESPN. As part of the deal, LeBron’s team will sell sponsorships to the show, with the money going to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

It seems impossible — and even more egomaniacal — to have Cleveland learn if its heart is broken on national television. Same with the other cities that will feel shunned if and when James turns his attention to whatever city he chooses.

This all has the potential to be a public relations disaster for James.

LeBron James isn't talking to anyone, but we're all still guessing


Thumbnail image for lebron_james_arty.jpgWe don’t know. Nobody in the media knows.

That won’t stop us from speculating. We’ll use a shred of information to concoct entire theories. We’ll guess. (Complain about that if you want, but those guesses get a lot of viewers — you like it so we keep doing it). But we don’t know what LeBron James is going to do. In a world and news cycle that thrives on information, we have no good stuff.

Because LeBron James is on lockdown. He has tightened his inner circle way down — even one-time confidant William Wesley is on the outside now — and nobody has info. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer explains (via twitter).

At this point, LeBron has tightly closed ranks, only seriously talking about decision with a couple people. Which is why so little info.

Also, can confirm several reports of a rift between Wesley & James camp. Wes was indeed pushing Chicago, I’m told.

But let me say, LeBron & Maverick Carter relaxed & pleasant to stalking media (me). They’re having way more fun than us. Based on several people who have talked to LeBron in last 72 hours, he is giving impression he’s undecided after last week’s meetings.

William Wesley was the ultimate insider, and now he is outside. He was the guy pushing the “trade for Chris Paul now and LeBron will play with him” idea last month. He pushed Chicago. But Wesley benefits if LeBron leaves Cleveland. In Cleveland, Maverick Carter and LeBron’s close friends have a lot of power — power they would not have (or have as much of) in Chicago or Miami or New Jersey or New York. Wesley would still have his power, he could even fill the power void where LeBron’s friends lost out.

But the ultimate insider is outside looking in, too, apparently. And you wonder why the media has so little info.

You could try to read into all this — maybe Cleveland still has the upper hand if it is his close friends who still can whisper in LeBron’s ear. But that is just more speculation. And we’ve all had about enough of that. It’s time for information. And a decision.

Did Derrick Rose prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James?


Thumbnail image for James_game2.jpgWould you rather have Joe Johnson or LeBron James on your team?

Exactly. It’s not even close. Even if you think there are flaws with LeBron’s game, there are far fewer than Johnson. LeBron is a true first option. Joe Johnson is a true second option on a title team. LeBron is a true max guy. Johnson is good but not max, except apparently in Atlanta.

But Chicago’s Derrick Rose apparently preferred Johnson to LeBron in Chicago.

That rumor was out there, confirmed this week by Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via twitter).

(LeBron) really likes Rose & Noah. But there’s lack if shooters on roster. Also it doesn’t sound like he’s exactly being welcomed by Rose.

Didn’t say Rose was anti-LeBron. But the word is preference was Joe Johnson. They have same agent. That is what multiple people tell me.

You can see the trace of logic in there. LeBron is a guy who initiates the offense with the ball in his hands and needs to be surrounded by knockdown shooters. Rose is a guy who initiates the offense with the ball in his hands and needs to be surrounded by knockdown shooters. Rose and LeBron would have to figure out how to coexist and work well off the ball with each other. Joe Johnson can shoot the rock and is a more natural fit.

That said — are you kidding me?

LeBron is a transcendent, once-in-a-generation talent. These chances do not come along often, and if you get even a whiff of a chance to play with LeBron you take it. Say what you will about him, LeBron is having fun playing the game. You will have fun playing with him, and you will win a lot. There are not others like him and if you can get him to your team you recruit him like mad then happily give him the key to the franchise. He wants to sleep in your bed, you give him the condo. This is a rare opportunity.

Fit? That’s nice. It helps. But talent is the first real step to winning, and LeBron puts you three steps ahead of everyone else. Then you just need to figure out how not to let everyone else catch you (Cleveland hasn’t yet).

Come on Rose? JJ? Really?

Cavaliers GM Chris Grant talks after LeBron meeting


You had probably gone through your entire morning without hearing some NBA executive spew cliches. We’re hear to fix that. This is Cavaliers GM Chris Grant after meeting with LeBron James a couple days ago.

Pretty much all of the post-meeting press conferences sounded like this.