The Internet was abuzz with speculation this week regarding the future of LeBron James as a video of James speaking with Dwyane Wade after the Christmas Day Heat – Cavaliers showdown offered a possible glimpse into how one of the NBA's most intriguing storylines may play out.
Conspiracy theorists believe this is what LeBron said to D-Wade on Dec. 25: “Like I said, if we aren't better this year, we're gonna reunite again and do some bigger and better things, alright?”
LeBron attempted to shoot down the rumors this week.
“I’ve seen the clip just like you’ve seen the clip,” LeBron told reporters. “I don’t know exactly what I said, either. I know I said we’ll get back together and do some bigger and better things, but it had nothing to do with basketball. If I was going to tell him that, I would tell him the night before. I’m not stupid. I know I didn’t go to college, but I’m not stupid. I wouldn’t say that on Christmas with 100 cameras around. I would have told him the night before at his house.
“It’s just me, so I get it. I get it. It had nothing to do with me leaving here and reuniting with him. It had everything (to do with) just talking about other things, more than just basketball.Everyone gets so involved in basketball, and our friendship, obviously you guys know, is bigger than basketball. I don’t think it could — our last four years — couldn’t be bigger and better, even if we did get back together. But whatever. It’scrazy.”
That denial isn't going to stop many from speculating. So here goes: “Could LeBron reunite with Wade in Miami with the Heat?”
It's possible. Wade is signed on the cheap in Miami and he could even opt out again in the summer of 2015. Pat Riley could do similar money maneuvering that he did back in 2010 in order to get LeBron to return to South Beach.
Of course, the Lakers would also be players in anything resembling The Decision Part III as they will have around $30 million to throw around next summer. Could they throw some of that money Wade's way in order to lure LeBron to Los Angeles? Given what happened in the summer of 2010 and summer of 2014, anything's possible – including a lineup with Wade at point guard, Kobe at the 2, and LeBron as the main swingman.