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Could LeBron James Form a New Big 3 with Cleveland Cavaliers?


The Miami Heat are trying to win a third title in as many years but it seems that one of the biggest talkers in and around South Beach — at least from a national perspective — is whether or not LeBron James will return to Cleveland this year now that he’s eligible to opt out of his contract and hit free agency.

Of course, this is assuming that LeBron even wants to opt out, which is something he’s given no indication towards wanting to do, but people are still talking about it like it can happen. One of the main selling point for Miami is that they have a Big 3 that is clearly a dominant force in basketball, but as Ira Winderman puts it, the Cavaliers could end up being attractive for LeBron in that he can form another Big 3 with Kyrie Irving and whoever is selected with the No. 1 overall pick.

Put it this way, before the Cavaliers won the lottery, I thought there was maybe a five-percent chance of LeBron leaving this summer for Cleveland. Now, it could be around 15 percent. To your point, LeBron, Kyrie Irving and the player selected at No. 1 could constitute a Big Three, although I’m not sure how LeBron and a ball-centric Irving would co-exist.

The main threat seems to be the San Antonio Spurs, who have been able to buzz saw anyone other than the Heat these past two years. Not even the superstar tandem of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been able to stop them which is leading everyone to believe you need a Big 3 to win. The only question is, does that Big 3 have to be located in Miami?

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers Miami Heat

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    I click on these expecting a column instead of a blurb of the latest Ask Ira post. :( No loss, I guess.

  • Jarod Cook

    If the Heat win this year he’ll defiantly be back, to try for a 4 peat. But if they lose, I give him a 25% chance of leaving. Wade isn’t getting younger and is spending more and more time on the DL, he only played in around 55 games this year. Bosh has really been delegated to an outside threat in order to space the floor, he barely spends time in the paint anymore. Either that be by design or he just can’t play down low anymore. So the big 3 has turned more into the big 1. And we all know LeBron wants to play for championships and if he can’t get them in Miami, he’ll go else where. The one good thing about Heat ownership is there willing to do whatever it takes to keep LeBron happy, so wouldn’t be surprised to see them restock and keep him happy.