LeBron James is the best player in the NBA and he is a free agent. When LeBron opted out of his contract, the belief was that it was a move to restructure his deal along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade so the Heat can get even better. That is not the case.
The Miami Heat are the favorites to win the NBA Championship according to 5Dimes and if you want to bet on the Miami Heat, you may want to think again. In fact you may want to consider the NBA Odds for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers or the Phoenix Suns. Those odds are about to change because the Heat are going to break up.
Recent reports indicate that James is putting the Heat in a tough spot.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2014
That article is very telling as it states the following. James’ decision is looking like it could become more difficult as the HEAT struggle to find the fourth star-level player he was hoping for. They’re actually in a holding pattern with their ability to recruit new free agents being hampered by James’ status. Free agents are reportedly hesitant to commit to Miami without knowing if he is going to be there or not. Plus, James’ stance on only accepting a max contract really puts a dent in the HEAT’s cap space. Between James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who don’t seem open to massive pay cuts, they could end up being close to capped out if they all come back. The speculation is further fueled by James’s agent taking visits with other teams. Like Cleveland
Lebron James and his representatives are in serious talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— CLEsportsTalk.net (@CLEsportsTalk) July 5, 2014
And the Lakers…
Lakers did have their meeting in Cleveland today with LeBron James’s agent, Rich Paul, per source familiar with the discussions.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2014
Even the Phoenix Suns are a dark horse to get the king (and they have the money)
Don’t have an exact timetable, but I spoke to a reliable source that says LeBron James will be a member of the Phoenix Suns next year.
— David Berry (@RivalsDave) July 5, 2014
LeBron is forcing Miami’s hand by asking for a max contract. Other teams are happy to be pay that.
Things are about to get crazy. Rockets & Cavs have trades lined up that’ll create a max contract slot. Both believe they can sign LeBron.
— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) July 5, 2014
This leaves Wade and Bosh in a difficult spot.
LeBron will get whatever contract he wants. Bosh hearing he can also get the max on the open market. Wade? Crickets.
— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) July 5, 2014
Bosh realizes that now this free agency period is about the money.
Chris Bosh’s reps have made recent calls on market to reconfirm that max slots would be available to him, sources tell Yahoo. Answers: Yes.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
He has made it clear he will leave for a max deal, following the lead of James.
Report: Chris Bosh would rather take a 4-year max contract from another team than a discounted contract from the Heat http://t.co/mb6dHDNicz
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 5, 2014
This all leads up to one thing: The Big 3 in Miami are over.
Next year LeBron James and Chris Bosh will play for another team.