… and he won’t be going alone. Smith divulged his free agency secrets to Dan Patrick this morning.
“I got a call last night from a source, and I double-checked it with another, and they told me essentially that LeBron James and Chris Bosh are going to tag team and go together to join Dwyane Wade in Miami,” Smith told Patrick on Monday.
“Obviously, there are numerous reports out there. Whoever is wrong can have egg on their face. As far as I’m concerned, I already have. Because I thought in my heart of hearts that eventually, he would go to the New York Knicks. But around 10 o’clock last night or so, I heard the news. I stayed up for a few more hours and made a few phone calls, and I felt comfortable enough to go with what I reported.”
The Heat are $27.5 million below the projected salary cap of $56.1 million for next season, meaning they could re-sign Dwyane Wade and also get a pair of max free agents. And that pair, said Smith, will be LeBron and Chris Bosh.
“I believe it’s highly likely,” he told Patrick. “I would never say anything is a done deal with LeBron James until it’s signed. Because a year and a half ago, when I reported that he was definitively going to New York, I was told that from a very reliable source. Anybody who has watched me cover the NBA over the years, you can figure out who that person is. But I was told that he was going to New York City and that he wanted to be a New York Knick.”
Of course, by that commented, he essentially negated his entire claim. Luckily, he continues with:
“… last night, I heard emphatically that this is the direction that LeBron James has leaned toward and that Dwyane Wade has done a very good job of convincing them not just about Pat Riley and not just about the fact that there are no state taxes in Florida, but that he’s there in a tandem. That’s what it’s going to take — a tandem or a three-headed monster — to win multiple championships. And LeBron James is all in.”
Former Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller had a completely different take on the LeBron-Miami theory: “I just don’t think that’s a great fit because you’re going to have to have personalities that are going to be able to mesh,” Miller told Patrick. “Just because you put the super powers together doesn’t equate to winning basketball and winning championships. They both ball dominate and they both make plays for their teams. There’s just not enough basketball to go around. If I’m looking at all the teams that want LeBron James it is going back to the Chicago Bulls. I just think that would be the best fit.”