Over the last 24 hours we have seen reports that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh spent this past weekend in Miami discussing how they could split up Miami’s remaining cap room to form a seemingly indomitable superstar triumverate.
We’ve also seen reports that directly contradict this, saying that Wade wasn’t even in South Florida this past weekend.
How can this be? Well, because they are both dead wrong.
Sensing the potential for blogging arbitrage with this recent barrage of contradictory reporting by the mainstream media, I decided to dig into my own contact list and see if I could tease out something closer to the actual truth. Serendipitously, and much to even my own surprise, I was able to do just that.
And here is what I found: it is Seattle (yes, Seattle) – not Chicago, not Miami, and not New York – that has the inside track to land all three superstars.
Working the phones earlier today I found out that one of my mom’s customers has a son who is friends with a guy who has played some pickup games with members of LeBron’s inner circle. Apparently during a recent game some details slipped out that the mainstream media hasn’t gotten a hold of yet.
With everyone worried about which current NBA team has the most salary cap room to pay these superstar free agents, the past and potentially future NBA team with more cap room than them all has flown under the radar.
From what I have been told, what happened this past weekend was this:
LeBron and Chris Bosh were in South Florida. Dwayne Wade went to Chicago to throw the media off and create these conflicting reports, but joined LeBron and Bosh for a conference call. During the call, they realized that they would not all be able to get max contracts in Miami and still round out the roster with respectable players. Thus, the idea to truly wield the most extreme power play in sports history was hatched.
Here is another tricky little detail in this whole saga: in recent weeks, a rift has grown between LeBron’s longtime friend and business manager Maverick Carter and the infamous Worldwide Wes. Maverick Carter and LeBron’s boyhood friends stand to lose their “A-list” status should LeBron bolt for a bigger city while Wes remains on the outside looking in when it comes to wielding power in Cleveland; should Wes deliver LeBron to Chicago or New York, however, he will be able to call his shots as the man who delivered LeBron.
This has apparently been weighing on LeBron’s mind as he wants to do right by his boys and Wes at the same time, with no clear options for how that is to be achieved.
The city is starved for basketball after the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City, became the Thunder, and emerged as one of the NBA’s hot young teams with the development of Kevin Durant into a superstar. When you think about it, the entire city of Seattle basically has the mindset now of a jilted boyfriend whose girlfriend left him and now he has to watch her be happier and look 10X hotter while in the arms of another man (who actually has less to offer her in terms of money and resources, but who makes up for it with annoying and overrated “love” and “affection” and “commitment”).
Of course, David Stern isn’t just going to put another team in Seattle after the city screwed it up the first time. And the city is wary of making such a commitment in an uncertain economic climate.
But all of these problems are solved if LeBron, Wade, and Bosh join hands and announce their plans to sign with Seattle.
Immediately, the city would scramble and do whatever it took to ready itself for basketball. Luckily, an infrastructure is already in place as the city hosted an NBA team not too long ago. David Stern, understanding that he must appease his stars and realizing the marketability of a team with three superstars, would immediately do his part to make this a reality.
As for Maverick Carter and Worldwide Wes, well, the Seattle franchise would need a coach; enter Wes and his homeboy John Calipari. And the city of Seattle would be so ecstatic to have basketball back and to have three of its greatest current players that Maverick Carter would probably be named GM and LeBron’s friends would be given red carpet treatment at gas stations.
Oh, and then there is that little issue of the money for the stars. It is estimated that LeBron, Wade, and Bosh will be eligible for contracts that will pay $16.6 million the first year, which would account for $49.8 million total and eat up nearly all of the salary cap; but, they would all three be able to say they are max guys and there would still be some money left over to round out the roster with players happy to get few, if any, touches.
There is, in fact, no single option that fulfills all of these problems so effortlessly. That is why when I heard it, I didn’t balk at it and I knew that I needed to post this.
I am still digging and will hopefully find more information to corroborate this report, but in the current climate of reporting on this story I have to say that I feel pretty comfortable putting it out there.
And remember: if recent history is any indication, ESPN or some other outlet will probably dispute this story tonight on SportsCenter; but based on how the media has reported on LeBron’s free agency so far, that actually would just further my report’s credibility. You’ve heard the saying every action has an equal and opposite reaction? Well when it comes to reporting about the NBA’s 2010 free agency bonanza, every report has an equal and opposite report.
For now, you’d be wise to take all reports of LeBron, DWade, and Bosh to Chicago or Miami with a giant grain of kosher salt. With that said, when the reborn Seattle SuperLeBronics are back on the hardwood next year competing with Kobe for Western Conference supremacy, just remember that you heard it here first.
Anonymous sources rule.
* – LeBron and D Wade photo credit: The Neal and Brady Report
* – LeBron, D Wade, Bosh photo credit: ESPN.com
* – Chris Broussard photo credit: The Sports Hernia