LeBron James Miami Heat Rumors: What the Experts Are Saying
The rumor broke this morning via Chris Broussard of ESPN.com that LeBron James has made his decision.
That decision? LeBron James will be joining the Miami Heat.
Broussard's news is out there, and now the world awaits LeBron's confirmation as to whether or not he is heading to South Beach.
Is it true?
Are there conflicting rumors or opinions out there?
Broussard and the mothership at ESPN say one thing, but what about all the other experts out there who are putting their hat in the LeBron ring?
Chris Broussard - ESPN
Chris Broussard broke the news via his Twitter page overnight that LeBron will join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami "barring a late change of heart."
Shelley Smith corroborated the rumor saying she heard the same news through "independent sources."
ESPN backed up the rumor by saying that the Heat are expecting to sign all three mega free agents by asking them to take less than the max contracts they would otherwise earn.
ESPN has the jump on all of this, but why they would break the news ahead of their hour-long special, which is expected to generate huge ratings, is a bit confusing.
It also puts the network seriously on the ledge if Broussard and Smith are wrong. However, there has to be near certainty in LeBron's decision for them to break the story.
Brian Windhorst - Cleveland Plain Dealer
LeBron's hometown paper is still in "wait-and-see" mode, but there does appear to be a growing dread that the town's biggest star in five decades his on his way out of town.
The comments section? Whew!
Windhorst does give the argument that their may be hope for Cleveland seeing as LeBron, under the new salary cap, would earn $90 million over five years compared to $125 million over six years in Cleveland.
Cleveland has every right to feel burned if/when LeBron makes his announcement that he is heading to Miami. But if/when he does, if the comments section of Cleveland.com is taken to the streets, we could see a lot of LeBron jerseys head to the wood-chipper.
Alan Hahn - Newsday
Broussard is getting all the attention regarding LeBron going to the Heat seeing as ESPN dominates the LeBron airwaves, but it was actually Newsday's Hahn that broke the news around midnight.
Hahn got the ball rolling before it was picked up by ESPN's Broussard roughly two hours later. ESPN is getting all the attention, but Hahn may be responsible for letting the biggest cat out of the biggest bag ever.
Greg Cote - Miami Herald
If the Herald's Greg Cote was any more excitable, his saliva would be coming through your computer screen.
"We admire your loyalty, your allegiance, your sense of hometown.
"Now get the heck out of Cleveland as fast as that private jet will fly.
"Don't look back.
"Don't look back to the franchise that couldn't surround you with enough talent. Don't look back to the city that required you to wear four layers of clothing to drive to wintry practices.
Dan Le Batard - Miami Herald
Le Batard already has his column out this morning in which he praises Pat Riley for his mastery of the biggest free agency pool in history while simultaneously tipping his foot in the water of friendship with LeBron.
Le Batard says LeBron values winning above all and that is why he is burning his hometown. "Above ego and glory and brand and money and commercials and hometown and fans and comfort and fame," Le Batard said.
Le Batard is known for chumming up with the biggest stars in his town. It appears he's getting ready to do the same with LeBron.
Ric Bucher - ESPN
Ric Bucher posted on his Twitter page that LeBron going to the Heat is "done." He qualifies it by saying the only way he goes with one source is if it came from LeBron's camp. Bucher went with one source....
LeBron's camp has been leaking information like a sieve to ESPN. Rumors are they even leaked the Wade/Bosh news to ESPN.
Filip Bondy - New York Daily News
I think the back page of today's New York Daily News says it all. While they have yet to issue an editorial or opinion piece regarding LeBron's reported move to Miami, Bondy and his partner in crime in Mike Lupica simply issued their long-winded hope for LeBron not to turn his back on the Garden just yet.
Sorry, Knicks fans, and sorry, New York, but it appears your city is out of the running and will be forced to build around Amar'e Stoudemire and whatever other spare parts that can be picked up.
Rick Telander - Chicago Sun-Times
The Sun-Times haven't jumped on the Heat story yet, but Telander takes big swings at LeBron.
"This is Tiger Woods' arranged news conference fraud territory, folks," Telander said.
"Something about it all gives me the creeps, and it is not that James isn't a superstar or a hard worker or a spotlight-loving thriller or that he might even end up in Chicago," he continued.
Telander goes on to take knifing slices at LeBron and ESPN.