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08:14 AM ET 07.11 | The Heat has talked to James Jones, who was bought out June 30, about re-signing for the minimum salary and there's interest on both sides. An NBA official mentioned Juwan Howard and Joe Smith among other veterans who would love to join the Heat at the minimum. Agents for Mike James, Von Wafer, Matt Barnes and others also have been in touch with the Heat, but Miami is being very selective.

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July 11, 2010  08:23 AM ET

Once they've added all these guys, I would find it exceedingly funny if they lost in the first round of next year's playoffs.

July 11, 2010  08:48 AM ET
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Joe Smith? Thats another guy LeBum couldn't win a championship with?

It's amazing how fickle everybody is!! Lebron was the best thing since sliced bread only a week ago! Now everybody is criticizing him for his every move!
Don't understand why, he realized he had no chance of winning in cleveland, all the moves the caves had made were easy options, not the best options, and none were good components to build around lebron.
Mo Williams is only efficient with the ball in his hands at all times, shaq only efficient with a burger in his hand, varejoi never efficient, Jameson overrated and no presence in the post!

Lebron knew he needed to move, and wanted to win championships!
Isn't that the object of the game?!?

If he realized his best chance of that was in Miami, then full credit to him for realising he cannot do it alone, it took Kobe 8 years to come to that conclusion! And then it was when the lakers got gasol etal.

Give lebron a break, and give him credit for realising it was always going to take more than him in newyork, Chicago, Cleveland and la to beat the lakers and Boston, who themselves have a 'big 3' lineup!

I think this will bring even more interest to the NBA!

July 11, 2010  08:48 AM ET

if they add fisher,barnes,shaq,wafer and some more vet they will be deap and why not sing iverson

July 11, 2010  08:50 AM ET

Plus all this is still a lot of fuss about nothing, it another lakers tittle next year! Kobe and gasol are going to be rested and ready to go all year next season.

I wouldn't be surprised if they came close to bulls 72-10 season!

July 11, 2010  08:57 AM ET
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if they add fisher,barnes,shaq,wafer and some more vet they will be deap and why not sing iverson

Fisher not going anywhere other than LA. He's just playing the game (like lemar did last year) to build lakers interest!

Surprised there has not been more talk of shaq going back to heat though! He's the kind of lump they need go block up the lane.

Was there bad feeling left when he went to the suns?

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July 11, 2010  09:28 AM ET
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Lebron put a bullet in is legacy, in his brand, and in his hometown. Single handily neutered the Cavs chance to get a free agent by waiting to the last possible second to say he was leaving, when he wanted to play with Wade and Bosh since the Olympics thereby perpetuating at the very least a 2 year year farce. Lebron wasn't coming back to Cleveland and he made that decision in 2008 at least. Boy I am so fickle.

He also single handedly brought the caves from complete obscurity for 7 years! Think you got a lot more from him, than he did from Cleveland!
He also spent the whole of last week trying to get bosh to sign with the cavs, read the reports!

If Cleveland coiled actually run a franchise properly, then yes, you could feel bad, but its about time Cleveland looks at itslef, and realising nobody wants to play there!
Always look for the easy options, instead of the best option, unlike lebron!

I say well done to him for seeing that Cleveland franchises are pathetic and bitter for what they could not protect!

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July 11, 2010  09:41 AM ET

I'm not your bro, and no I'm not 14! I'm the one who is looking this and seeing the bigger picture, not being a stroppy child and crying about not putting the right pieces around the guy, who then realized it would never work in Cleveland! Cavs need to be looking blame Gilbert and the coaching staff more, and nit just lebron!

Also the fickle point I was making, was about the whole of America who love him last week, and now are criticising him fir doing what was best for him!

It's a fact, sports man move on, and all the people in America who are sticking the knife in now, will be buying heat shirts with no. 6 on the back when they are available!

That's what my point was about the fickle people!

July 11, 2010  09:48 AM ET

Is Miami the new New York, Bro?

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July 11, 2010  09:53 AM ET

man....every old guy tryn to get in on that train ride to their first ring before their careers are over. might as well give malone and stockton a call too! at least their not busts, bums, and underachievers like the ones listd above!

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July 11, 2010  09:58 AM ET
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I'm not your bro, and no I'm not 14! I'm the one who is looking this and seeing the bigger picture, not being a stroppy child and crying about not putting the right pieces around the guy, who then realized it would never work in Cleveland! Cavs need to be looking blame Gilbert and the coaching staff more, and nit just lebron! Also the fickle point I was making, was about the whole of America who love him last week, and now are criticising him fir doing what was best for him!It's a fact, sports man move on, and all the people in America who are sticking the knife in now, will be buying heat shirts with no. 6 on the back when they are available! That's what my point was about the fickle people!

when you started talkin about the "whole of America" and all that, i started reaching for my coffee cuz i kinda dozed off a bit.

July 11, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Shaq wants MLE, not worth it.

July 11, 2010  10:05 AM ET
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I'm not your bro, and no I'm not 14! I'm the one who is looking this and seeing the bigger picture, not being a stroppy child and crying about not putting the right pieces around the guy, who then realized it would never work in Cleveland! Cavs need to be looking blame Gilbert and the coaching staff more, and nit just lebron! Also the fickle point I was making, was about the whole of America who love him last week, and now are criticising him fir doing what was best for him!It's a fact, sports man move on, and all the people in America who are sticking the knife in now, will be buying heat shirts with no. 6 on the back when they are available! That's what my point was about the fickle people!

Please speak for yourself. Not "All of America" loved this overinflated prima donna who has to date done nothing. He is a talented basketball player but his antics have been "hard to swallow" since the very beginning.

Give me Kobe Bryant anytime. I speak only for myself and would not presume to believe others share my beliefs. <sighs>

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July 11, 2010  10:10 AM ET
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He also single handedly brought the caves from complete obscurity for 7 years! Think you got a lot more from him, than he did from Cleveland! He also spent the whole of last week trying to get bosh to sign with the cavs, read the reports!If Cleveland coiled actually run a franchise properly, then yes, you could feel bad, but its about time Cleveland looks at itslef, and realising nobody wants to play there! Always look for the easy options, instead of the best option, unlike lebron! I say well done to him for seeing that Cleveland franchises are pathetic and bitter for what they could not protect!

Your still being duped? The plan was "hatched" years ago. Bosh being "recruited" to Cleveland was part of the elaborate scam that they tried to pull off. If LeBron really cared about Cleveland, he would not have humiliated them on national TV.

Also how quickly did they put together the Miami spectacle? One day? You don't think that they had prior knowledge of LeBron going to Miami? Sorry but I did not "fall off the turnip truck yesterday".

I have no problem with his decision to move on, only the manner in which he did it.

 
July 11, 2010  10:11 AM ET
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Your still being duped? The plan was "hatched" years ago. Bosh being "recruited" to Cleveland was part of the elaborate scam that they tried to pull off. If LeBron really cared about Cleveland, he would not have humiliated them on national TV.Also how quickly did they put together the Miami spectacle? One day? You don't think that they had prior knowledge of LeBron going to Miami? Sorry but I did not "fall off the turnip truck yesterday".I have no problem with his decision to move on, only the manner in which he did it.

Dang it!!! Your = You're

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