NBA Trade Talk: LeBron James Will Not Be Traded for Dwight Howard, or Anyone

Daniel MorrillCorrespondent IJune 23, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on before taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat are not trading LeBron James.

Chris Broussard didn’t tell me that, and I don’t have an inside source within the Heat organization. It just makes sense.

The Heat are not going to blow up their team, as trading their best player would do, after just one season. Do we forget that they were just two wins away from winning the NBA Finals? They almost won with the team they have now, so why make a drastic change after just on year.

Pat Riley has already said that he will not be trading any one of the Big Three. Obviously, based on his history, we have to take these words with a grain of salt because no matter what he says, Riley is going to do what it takes to win.

Going back on his word and taking over as the Heat’s head coach during the 2005-2006 season was the best thing for the team, and the best thing for the team to do this offseason is sit tight. If anything, Riley’s ego will get in the way of him dealing LeBron. A LeBron trade would be an admission from Riley that his plan didn’t work.

Yes, LeBron underachieved in the finals this year. It’s not the first time a star has done so—remember Dirk Nowitzki in 2006? It won’t take LeBron five years to get back to the finals. Just as James, Wade and Bosh began to play better together as the season progressed, they will continue to mesh better as they have more years together.

Miami has plenty of time. Comparisons of this Heat team to the 2007-2008 Celtics are grossly unfair. Yes, that Big Three won in its first year together and then failed to do so again, but not only was that Big Three much older than the Heat’s, none of those players were at the same caliber as LeBron.

For now the Heat can look to upgrade at point guard and center, and gain some depth. Riley will not doubt continue to teach Erik Spoelstra how to properly use his bench and make midgame adjustments. If after two or three more years the Heat still haven’t won, there will obviously still be a demand for James on the trade market.

To be fair, most of the LeBron trade speculation isn’t coming out of Miami. LeBron won’t be traded.  This project hasn’t failed just quite yet.