As expected, the rumors about the Heat signing big time free agents are going strong. Today was likely just the beginning of what should be a few days full of different situations and suggestions about who is coming to play in Miami. So here is the latest; according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Stephen A. Smith, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are going to be joining Dwyane Wade in Miami to play for the Heat.
It started this morning when Smith went on Dan Patrick's show on Fox Sports Radio and told a national audience that it's ‘very likely' that James and Bosh will both sign with the Heat to join up with D-Wade and create one of the best rosters in recent NBA history. Now it's nice that Stephen A. feels so confident in his story that he went on several radio shows on Monday to talk about it, but I'm still keeping an open mind.
Last week Smith was saying that LeBron was going to the Knicks, and while this counts as a soft of ‘correction', it still shows how quickly things can change when one source begins to tell a different story then another source. I'll play along for a minute though, because there are some indications that this could be true. It's well known that the three superstars are all good friends and that Dwyane Wade has met with both of them over the past couple weeks.
Now Wade never admitted to recruiting them during the meetings, realistically I cant imagine that they got together and didn't speak abut the future of their jobs. I'm sure they are all aware that if they did in fact team up it would create one of the more special teams to ever play together. You think it was a big deal when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the Celtics? That would pale in comparison to what the Heat would create with Wade, LeBron and Bosh.
Getting back to Stephen A. Smith, when he first went on the Dan Patrick show he had all his facts straight and also a very good explination as to why he was going to be reporting this story strongly all day to anyone who would give him the airtime. Here is what he told Patrick and his listeners this morning:
I got a call last night from a source and I double-checked it with another and they told me essentially that LeBron James and Chris Bosh are going to tag team and go together and join Dwyane Wade in Miami.
Around 10 o'clock last night or so I heard the news and stayed up for a few more hours and made a few phone calls and I felt comfortable enough to go with what I reported.
I believe it's highly likely, I wouldn't say anything is a done deal with LeBron James until it's signed.
Last night I heard emphatically that this is the direction that LeBron James has leaned toward and Dwyane Wade has done a very, very good job of convincing them (James and Bosh) not just about Pat Riley, not just about the fact there are no state (income) taxes in the state of Florida but at the same time he's there in a tandem and that's what it's going to take. Either that or a three-headed monster to win multiple championships and that LeBron James is all in.
I was out of town all day so I wasn't around for any of this, but my phone started going crazy after Smith went on with The Dan LeBatard Show this afternoon (a local show down here in South Florida) and told all of Heat Nation about the Wade-Bron-Bosh trio getting together. If you want to hear that interview, click here and follow these instructions: the link will take you to the LeBatard show page on 790theticket.com. From there, scroll down about half way and on the left side of the page you'll see a box called ‘790 The Ticket On Demand'. In that box towards the top you'll see "Stephen A. Smith- Philadelphia Inquirer- 6-28-10". Just click on that and the interview will play right then and there for you.
Smith also thinks that the Bulls will be shut out in the free agent pool; that they wont be willing to offer Joe Johnson a max contract. Instead, he thinks that Johnson and Amare Stoudemire will go somewhere together and its likely going to be the Knicks. That is the ‘Monday, June 28th‘ version of what Stephen A. Smith thinks is going to happen....we'll see if that changes any more times this week, and if so, how many.
I'll end it with this...ESPN is now reporting that Wade, LeBron and Bosh got together last weekend in Miami and apparently discussed their collective futures. Obviously nobody is going to know what was said or if anyone agreed to do anything until at least Thursday (July 1st), and while this meeting is going to get a TON of national attention (and rightly so considering these are three of the best basketball players in the world)...there could still be any combination of players coming to join Dwyane Wade down here in sunny South Beach.
This meeting puts every other free agent on notice though that if they want to be a part of the special dynasty building that is going on in Miami, maybe they should get in touch with D-Wade before they miss that train entirely. It doesn't take an idiot to know that James and Bosh are going to be the first choices of Wade and Pat Riley, and now some 'sources' are saying that the Heat are the favorites to land King James. Again, I take all of this with a grain of salt...so just prepare yourselves for a long week of these kind of stories. You better believe that the Heat are going to be right smack in the middle of the majority of any big time free agent talks simply because of all the teams with money to spend, Miami is (in many experts opinions) by far the best situation to go to.