SUPERSTARS BEING LINKED
Imagine NBA superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the same team, perhaps even coached by Pat Riley.
And, no, we’re not talking about a fantasy league. Speculation intensified Tuesday that it was a possibility with the Miami Heat.
All three players plan to opt out of the final year of the respective contracts and enter free-agency. Bosh, coming off his most productive season in Toronto, is considered the most likely to leave his current team for a new location.
Reports indicate that Wade not only has addressed the possibility of playing alongside James and Bosh with Miami, but he also has discussed the financial maneuverings it would take to make it happen. Teams can negotiate with free agents starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but players are not allowed to sign contracts until July 8.
“I don’t look at it as recruiting,” Wade said. “I look at it as gauging, conversation between guys to see what they like.”
ESPN reported that the three met last weekend in
❙Complete list of NBA free agents south Florida. That could be considered tampering, so it was no surprise when agent Henry Thomas, who represents Wade and Bosh, denied Tuesday that it happened.
Unlike other teams with cap space, Miami can offer the likes of James and Bosh the chance to play with a former NBA finals MVP, assuming Wade sticks around. And then there’s the lure of Riley, who even though he’s retired from coaching — at least for now — still serves as the team’s president and has an exalted reputation among many players.
The Heat appears to be in position to offer Wade, James and Bosh each a starting salary of about $15 million. Miami is the only team in the league that could split that much money among three free agents.
To make it happen, the Heat probably would have to unload the $4.96 million salary due this season to former Kansas State star Michael Beasley. | Star News Services