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Reports: Bosh to Miami

Posted on: July 7, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 9:44 am
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The next significant piece may be falling into place, and it's good news for Miami.

Our own Ken Berger reported last night that an executive close to the talks between the Big 3 free agents (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) has indicated that Chris Bosh will be joining Dwyane Wade in Miami in a sign-and-trade. That's followed by a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard this morning indicating sources have confirmed Wade and Bosh announcing their decision to join the Heat Wednesday afternoon.

This will send tremors throughout the NBA as without Bosh, LeBron James will likely be rejoining a Cavaliers team that has won 60 games the past two seasons but has failed to win a championship and now returns with no significant changes to their roster outside of a new head coach in Byron Scott.

But more importantly, it signals Miami as a rising contender to the Eastern title. Miami will have enough room to sign auxiliary free agents to put support around the superstar duo. But the question will be how much. Miami will need to arrange for a sign-and-trade agreement that sends either Mario Chalmers or Michael Beasley out if they want to be able to have the flexibility to really improve the roster around this new monster combo to the point of contention. And as Ken Berger tells us this morning, that's not necessarily a done deal.

While the Raptors are prepared to move forward with sign-and-trade scenarios sending Bosh to Miami, the duo's agent Henry Thomas had yet to sign off on any finalized trade agreement as of Wednesday morning, two sources involved in the process told CBSSports.com's Ken Berger .

So now we wait to see how the rest of the pieces unfold. Will this deal get done, with Miami having one of the most formidable combinations in the league... and not much else? How will they put a contending support core around the two? What will James do, faced now with no significant superstar additions if he doesn't leave Cleveland? What else does Pat Riley have up his sleeve? Where does Chicago turn if they miss out on all three of the top free agents in this class, after working so hard to clear space, despite having the best collection of talent? The big questions are starting to be answered, which means the rest could be coming in a flood over the next few weeks.

-Matt Moore

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Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:52 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

It is feasible that Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade might and up in Miami the next thing you will know is that Pat Riley will be coming back to coach this duo. A typical greedy and opportunistic move from the Heat president. 



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:08 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

why all the negativity towards Miami????/just let free agency unfold, see where the chips stack and then slam teams for either the good or bad. Dont' hate on Miami!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:08 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

I really think Lebron will stay in Cleveland or go to NY. But I think if he stays home, the Cavs will need to pull off a significant sign and trade for Boozer, Lee, T. Parker, or somebody to keep him happy. I actually think it'd be more fun if he goes to NY with Amar'e. I just don't see him in Chicago, and definitely not in NJ. Anyway, I wonder what other moves the Heat are gonna make. They have some roster holes to fill and some more money to play with.



Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:45 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

Forgot: Sorry Bulls fans, LeBron ain't going to ChiTown. D Rose's comments that came out about JJ and the fact Wes Wesley was pushed out of the inner circle ended your hopes. You may have the best talented core out there, but it is not the best place core for Lebron b/c he and Rose need the ball in their hands and he knows that. If you think he will re-unite with Boozer after he left him at the altar in '04, dream on. And getting David Lee is not going to be enough to draw LeBron in suddenly. If it wasn't enough in NY, it isn't gonna be enough in ChiTown.

As for the Nets, they were only players in the Russian's mind. Rod Thorn just up and leaving that team and the fact no one wants their GM job right now has to be a red flag to anyone, in addition to the way the Kiki firing was handled.

LeBron in NY with Amar'e. Or the hometown pull is too much for whatever reason and he stay in Cleveland. Those are the only options.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:43 am
 

Wait!!!

    Is Miami a title contender with just Bosh and Wade. I don't know. Big question marks remain. The roster is empty. Obviously this is the core that Heat fans have dreamed of. I see the potenial, but the Heat still need one more big piece. It does not have to be Lebron. I'd like to see one of two things.

1. Get a pointgaurd ,, maybe Felton  , keep Haslim.

2. Get a forward maybe,,  David Lee,  keep Arroyo.

Either way you can start building around these teams.  I don't see Lebron James coming to Miami. I would ,however be intrested to see what the Heat do when the annoucement is made. I truely believe Riley still thinks the Heat can sign him. Riley is holding out on other moves untill the King picks his new castle.




Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:43 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

" Its the only place he can go right now that he has a chance to win."--you lost all credibility with me right after this statement.....I hope you were being sarcastic! lol



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:43 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

The King and Wade don't need the money. Both get plenty from sponsors and stuff and both got the big contract already. Bosh on the other hand doesn't have any of it. If its really about winning championships and the best way for them is to all be on the same team then Wade and LJ will take smaller contracts so Bosh gets his and they win their championships.




Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:38 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

Unless Bosh, Wade and Bron Bron have an agreement to all take less/the same to go there, Miami can't get Lebron. Cleveland said they will not facilitate a s&t for LeBron and it sounds like Bosh has so ticked of Toronto that they may just let him walk, especially since they have no interest in Beasley, and can you blame them? So that leaves a return to TOR of J O'neal in a double s&t perhaps or Chalmers and a huge trade exception, which isn't a terrible thing to have. But I'm curious what the appeal of Miami is? Great, you have Wade and Bosh and NOTHING else of value. 2 players cannot win a NBA title in this day and age. Sure they have some more money to fill the roster out with, but 8 or 9 guys with what they have left is going to be really tough. Let's even say the last 4 bench slots can all be scrubs, they can play an 8 man rotation, but they still need to find 4 or 5 more guys to fill out the rotation. I'm not crowning them as anything yet until we see what else Riles has up his sleeve to fill the rest of the roster up with...

As for LeBron, I can't see him going there. Bosh's willingness to possible take a year and $30mil less to NOT go to Cleveland has to have everyone in the Cuyahoga valley wetting themselves in fear this morning. That's a pretty strong sign that even Lebron cannot attract star quality to the Cavs. Bosh said he wanted to play with Lebron, but taking that much less to NOT play with him in Cleveland might be the final sign to him that he has to leave. They have no flexibility and while Scott took the Nets to b2b finals, he hasn't won as a coach and I don't think it's enough to keep LBJ. I don't see the LeBron Hour as a "I'm so in love with Cleveland that I'm staying" waste of national airtime. He is gonna save face with the hometown fans and then bolt to play with the guy he lobbied Cleveland to get at the trade deadline... Amar'e and the NY Knicks. Place the bet in Vegas if its still 240 to 1. LeBron will be a Knick by 10PM tomorrow night. Its the only place he can go right now that he has a chance to win. 2 Max guys this year and the ability for one more next year when Fatty Curry comes off the books. They can play the year, win 50 and see what they still need and have the biggest drawing power in the NBA next year to go get whoever they want to complete the team.




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:33 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

Riley has always coveted adding a lights out 3 point shooter, I really wonder after his performance in the playoffs if he does not go hard after JJ Redick and offer him an increased role compared to his playing time in Orlando.  I know JJ has said he would like to stay in Orlando, but this makes a lot of sense around Bosh/Wade.  Is it a possible scenario?



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:20 am
 

Reports: Bosh to Miami

This narrows it down to Cleveland and Chicago in my opinion, with Cleveland as the heavy favorite. LeBron isn't going to go to one of those works-in-progress teams without Bosh or Wade, but there still may be a good enough cast around in Chicago for him to go as well. However, I definitely feel that its going to be the Cavs. I think if he were going to jump ship, he would have tried to avoid the media and do it under the cover of the night. He just wants to look like a hero on national tv


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