Miami Rumors

The walled estate encompasses nearly half an acre with a 12,178-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, security quarters, a 4,500-square-foot patio space and an infinity-edge pool with waterfall features and custom lighting. Private dockage can accommodate space for up to two 60-foot yachts. The three-story main house, replete with dark hardwoods, box-beam ceilings and glass walls, has an elevator, a wood-paneled office and a home theater with stadium seating. An entertainment wing features a lounge area, a game room and a wet bar. There are six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is under contract to sell his waterfront home in Coconut Grove, Fla., according to the Multiple Listing Service. The pending sale comes after James in March lowered the asking price for the modern compound in the Crystal Cove area to $15 million, down from $17 million last year. Records show that the 30-year-old basketball player paid $9 million for the property in late 2010, the year it was built.
Jon Barry, an analyst for ABC and ESPN, cited New York, Los Angeles and Miami as cities that are particularly popular among players. “People aren’t going to be going out in Milwaukee,” he said. While Barry said his night-life days were “long past” — his playing career ended in 2006 — he recalled trips to the China Club, a staple of New York’s club scene in the 1990s.
The 7 teens who entered Ray Allen’s Florida home while his wife and children were asleep inside SHOULD HAVE been arrested … so says the Coral Gables City Attorney who tells TMZ Sports he’s gunning to change the laws so he can lock up trespassers in the future. The backstory is crazy … the teens were partying at a nearby home last week when they decided to waltz into Allen’s home because they thought he was in Cleveland with LeBron James. When they got inside … after opening an unlocked door … they were confronted by Allen’s wife who screamed at the group to leave. So, they did.
“We have a lot of great players here; we’ve got LeBron, Dwyane,” Bosh said. “I’m not going to be crazy or be disrespectful to this team and take over their positions. I’m going to play my role to the best of my ability. “As far as visibility is concerned, we have a unique opportunity to just really get out there and do some unique things. And, really, I try to take the bull by the horns and just try to build relationships that I want to build. And if I have certain opportunities that come to me, I’m going to take them.”
The Lakers’ situation is complicated by the presence of Kobe Bryant, a major rival of LeBron, but the league’s most glamorous franchise can clear its books for the most part if it chooses to make a run at James. Bryant’s contract expires in 2014, and he has hinted at retirement, although his intentions aren’t clear yet. And many around the league believe that Chicago, spurned by James three years ago, can put itself in position to make another run at him. By using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer and letting Luol Deng’s contract expire, the Bulls could have the cap space to chase James again in 2014.
Of course, teams hardly have the same luxury — they have to plan ahead, because of the complexities of salary-cap and roster management. Going into next season, it will be fairly obvious, just as in 2009-10, which teams are plotting to make a run at James. While teams cannot talk publicly about players on other rosters, their intentions are often well known. In addition to the Heat, three teams are mentioned most often as potential bidders: the Cavs, Lakers and Bulls. Cleveland is in the midst of a long-term rebuilding project, relying mostly on the draft. As the Cavs move toward playoff contention, their hope is to use their salary-cap space to add veterans in the future, with James expected to be at the top of every team’s list of desirable free agents, including Cleveland’s.
The NBA and its players’ union will hold a bargaining session on Tuesday and possibly another on Wednesday, as both sides look to end a lockout that is threatening the 2011-12 season, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher. In a related development, union executive director Billy Hunter will not be traveling to Miami on Tuesday to attend a union membership meeting, the source said.
The Miami edition of the “Real Housewives” series, which started in Orange County as good, not-always-clean fun, adds a Latino twist to the mix. This proves that in America, women of all races, creeds and colors can create and nurture tedious little dramas from pretty much nada. The marquee name for the Miami cast is Larsa Pippen, wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen. She explains in her introductory remarks that it’s not easy being her – because after mothering four kids, cooking and maintaining Scottie’s schedule, she still has an NBA wife’s responsibility to “look cute” at the end of the day. She has a near-colleague in Cristy Rice, who was married for 11 years to former NBA star Glen Rice, but now that they’ve divorced isn’t getting along so well with him. That sometimes happens with, you know, divorce.
Reports have indicated that James will keep his home in Bath Township, several miles from where he grew up in Akron. James, whose contracts and endorsements now have totaled a few hundred million dollars, is looking for a home near his new workplace. Looks like he might have found one, as reported by Life and Style Magazine: Life & Style can reveal that LeBron has started paperwork to purchase a $49.5 million 20,088- square-foot mansion at Casuarina Concourse — the most expensive home in the Coral Gables, Fla., area!
With all of this meeting hosting, lawsuit fighting and television show having, LeBron James must be super stressed-out. It is not easy to be made a multi-millionaire in a matter of minutes, you guys. Ergo, it is easy to understand why he would want to kick back and unwind after this week of figuring out which team is most worthy of his considerable talents. So that’s exactly what he’s doing, which is not a surprise at all. Everyone deserves a vacation now and then. However, where he’ll be partying is more than a little interesting. From US Magazine, favorite of wives around the country: LeBron James has rented six cabanas at the W Hotel South Beach this weekend to celebrate his team decision, two sources confirm to That adds more fuel to the fire that James, 25, will announce he’s joining the Miami Heat Thursday night, as several insiders told ESPN this morning.