So much for the idea that the Big Three are orchestrating their return to the Miami Heat.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade met for lunch last week, but the three left without knowing what their future in south Florida might be, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports. James had already announced his plans, opting out of his contract over 10 days ago and, Bosh and Wade followed earlier this week. But James did not, according to the report, try to get the three to act in concert and they did not spend time trying to decide how to divvy up the Heat’s financial pie. The only certainty after the meeting is that James would seek maximum (over $20 million) money.
“It’s not a done deal,” an unnamed source told Broussard of James’ possible return to the Heat. “That’s for sure.”
Bosh and Wade, according to the report, opted out in an effort to keep James in Miami.
As for James, no one is certain of his next move because he has maintained a profile so low as to be subterranean. This time around in free agency, he has yet to visit any other team and his agent, Rich Paul, has scheduled no meetings. Instead, Paul spoke only briefly with teams when free agency opened Tuesday morning. There’s the intriguing possibility that Kobe Bryant is seeking to recruit him and Carmelo Anthony to the Los Angeles Lakers, but, again, nothing is scheduled. Yet.
LeBron’s family islands vacation was scheduled to extend into weekend. So if you hear of him visiting a team, well….
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 3, 2014