Is playing with LeBron James no longer fashionable?

Is playing with LeBron James no longer fashionable?
July 5, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Indecision 2014? Could it be for the Miami Heat, who seem to be waiting to hear from LeBron James on exactly what his plans are going forward now that he has opted out of his contract, as have Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?

Reportedly, all James has made clear is that he wants the max, something that he has sacrificed since coming to Miami four years ago. 

Remember all the talk -- and it was just that, talk -- that the Heat were going to get Kyle Lowry to be their point guard? Lowry re-signed with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night for four years and $48 million. Marcin Gortat? He came to terms on the first day of free agency with the Wizards for five years and $60 million.

The only remaining player of interest that the Wizards have is Trevor Ariza, who made $7.7 million and had the best season of his career. He wants a raise, especially at 29 and going into what will be the last big deal of his career. A pay reduction doesn't appear to be in his plans, nor a short-term deal.

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Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report has a slightly different take and it's hard to argue with his reasoning. Miami isn't in any danger of dismantling yet. Owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley are just having trouble finding young free agents willing to play at reduced rates. Getting Ray Allen or Shane Battier at the tail end of their careers is one thing. Expecting someone at the height of their athletic career, which can come to a quick end with a knee injury, is a lot more difficult. 

And this interesting perspective from Skolnick: "While there's a different report every few hours, about whether they are or aren't entirely on the same page, nothing should be taken all that seriously until one of them actually takes a meeting with another team. That hasn't occurred. James and Bosh haven't even been in the country, both vacationing with their families all week, and Wade has been traveling domestically for non-basketball matters."

So there's no need to overreact. If by chance the Big 3 break up, all of the Heat "fans" who came from nowhere like babies on the doorstep can buy whatever jersey James dons next and proclaim that they've always liked the (insert mascot here) since (insert name of popular player here) played there to prevent further BS detection. 

And to show this isn't hate towards the Heat or James, when it was Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the final answer was Dave Corzine.