First, there was to be a free-agent summit with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and maybe a few others of this summer's super free agents. Then, amidst accusations of tampering and insubordination, Wade and the others denied this had ever been meant literally. Just like LeBron's world tour, which eventually morphed into holding court in Cleveland for all prospective suitors.
Except guess what? The Super Summit, or at least some version of it, actually happened. Or at least that's what ESPN.com is reporting:
Sources close to the situation said Monday night that three of the biggest names in basketball -- Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James -- met over the weekend in Miami to seriously discuss their futures, with a focus on the increasingly plausible possibility of those three teaming up with Wade's Heat.Initially, the meeting was to be where a critical mass of All-Stars paired off and formed mini-dynasties, in effect setting the course of the league for years to come. That was the best, or worst, case scenario that initially had everyone all abuzz. This one, though, has a far more specific aim: To explore the possibility of bringing together James, Wade and Bosh. It's not as insidious as the first proposed summit, but in a way, it's a lot more scary.
Yet sources with knowledge of the meeting stressed to ESPN.com that James, while clearly intrigued by the possibility of forming a star-studded Miami trio with Wade and Bosh, has not yet committed to leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for South Beach.
Remember, Miami doesn't yet quite have the cap space to sign three max guys. They still need to find someone willing to take Michael Beasley off of their hands. But these sources stressed that James, Wade and Bosh are confident something can be worked out, maybe even involving one player taking less than the max. It's anyone's guess whether we ever get to see this trio together. If it happens, though, this summer will have managed to exceed its already sizable hype.