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Signs pointing to Wade in Miami, Chris Bosh joining him. Unless Bosh goes to Cleveland with LeBron.

Jul 6, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh.jpgThe New Jersey Nets are convinced that the Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh tandem is headed to Miami. Ira Winderman — the most connected guy with the Heat — is saying it looks like Wade will return to South Beach.

But now reports are out there that the Cavaliers have a sign-and-trade in place with the Raptors and LeBon James is trying to pair with Bosh on the Cavs.

Nobody knows anything for sure. But things are heating up fast.

The Nets information comes from ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

In this historic summer of NBA uncertainty, one thing is clear to Mikhail Prokhorov: Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will play for the Miami Heat next season.

Another of Prokhorov’s beliefs is that if LeBron James joins Wade and Bosh in Miami, The King could win “two or three titles” but “diminish the LeBron brand” because he’d be winning with such a power-packed lineup. Those are two of the convictions the New Jersey Nets’ billionaire Russian owner shared with his inner circle of executives before boarding his private jet and leaving the United States over the weekend.

Then this morning there was this tweet from our own Winderman:

OK, time to chill. All signs still point to Wade with Heat. Just waiting on longshot of Bron, too.

Which is another thing Prokhorov thinks as well, according to Broussard: LeBron is considering joining them. It makes the photo of Wade and Bosh in a Chicago restaurant from last week – with the empty chair for LeBron between them, all the more telling. If you can read into that.

However, Wade staying in Miami trying to lure a big power forward to play with him has long been the plan in South Beach.

However, Broussard also said that Cleveland and Toronto have a sign-and-trade worked out and LeBron is trying to convince Bosh to join him in Cleveland.

Which would be a sign LeBron plans to stay in Cleveland, if true. And even with what would be given up in a sign-and-trade –Anderson Varejao, Delonte West, Anthony Parker and some picks? — the Cavaliers would be instant contenders.

Bosh remains the guy both Wade and LeBron want – he is the connection to a title for them. He balances their game.

Wade and Bosh together would form the core of what could be a powerhouse team. However, with the two of them he Heat would have four players under contract, so there is a lot of team building to go on (building that could take a couple years to get near championship team caliber).

For James, the questions are harder if he does not go to Miami with the other two. Stay home where the heart is in Cleveland and bring Bosh there to be part of a team that would instantly contend? Or maybe LeBron joins Rose and Noah in Chicago? Joins a young core to build a dynasty with New Jersey? Joins Amare in New York to try to win on the biggest stage? No easy answers there.

Everything is murky, but Wade staying in Miami seems to fit the information. And Bosh may well join him for his day in the sun.

  1. MJ - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    So who exactly would Miami send to Toronto for Bosh, they don’t have enough players to do a sign and trade. Math doesn’t add up. Bosh said he wants max salary. Can’t get that without a sign and trade. Who would Cleveland send to Toronto, Delonte West, Mo Willams, Antawn Jamison? Toronto can make a better deal than that. Bosh has said he doesn’t want to play in Cleveland. Think again.

  2. Mattchew - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    The trade that makes the most sense is with Chicago. Deng and Taj Gibson plus 3 1st rd picks and 3 million dollars cash and the trade exception on top of that. Taj Gibson gives you a young and inexpensive PF. Deng gives you a productive 3. Toronto can then send Turkoglu and Jarrett Jack to Sacramento for Dalembert. This gives them another expiring contract to go with Reggie Evans and Marcus Banks. Lineup would shake out like this.
    Dalembert Alabi
    Bargnani Gibson
    Deng Ed Davis
    DeRozen Bellinelli/Weems
    Calderon Banks
    That is a team with young pieces, depth, draft picks and then lots of cap room after this coming season.

  3. Mattchew - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    The trade that makes the most sense is with Chicago. Deng and Taj Gibson plus 3 1st rd picks and 3 million dollars cash and the trade exception on top of that. Taj Gibson gives you a young and inexpensive PF. Deng gives you a productive 3. Toronto can then send Turkoglu and Jarrett Jack to Sacramento for Dalembert. This gives them another expiring contract to go with Reggie Evans and Marcus Banks. Lineup would shake out like this.
    Dalembert Alabi
    Bargnani Gibson
    Deng Ed Davis
    DeRozen Bellinelli/Weems
    Calderon Banks
    That is a team with young pieces, depth, draft picks and then lots of cap room after this coming season.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    MJ and Matthew, it doesn’t matter what Toronto wants…if Bosh picks Miami, they either accept it or get nothing. Sure, the Bulls would make the best deal for Toronto. But if Bosh doesn’t choose Chicago, then Toronto is SOL.

  5. Steepelchaser - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    The heat will be giving nothing to toronto because bosh is coming to miami not in a sign and trade. He rather give up 30 mil in guaranteed money to play in Miami rather than Cleveland. Plus you can cut that number in half with the no state income tax in florida. Think about it, if you were 100 million dollar athlete, would you want to live in Cleveland Ohio or Miami Florida?

  6. JG - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Chris, it does matter to a degree. If if is not within reason then I don’t see Toronto obliging when they have multiple good offers on the table from Cleveland, Chicago, Houston and some others. What exactly is Miami’s proposal? I haven’t seen one that would fit.

  7. Joe - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Word out of Toronto is that they are already hacked off at Bosh for tweets he’s made about getting out of their organization and that they will NOT entertain any sign and trade to a team that Bosh wants to go to.
    That could mean a sign and trade to a team Bosh has no interest in (unlikely).
    More than likely Bosh will sign with either A)Miami for a complementary game with Wade, or B)New Jersey to play with an up and coming center and a more than decent point guard.

  8. EZ - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    JG & MJ, Chris Bosh is NOT under contract with Toronto. They have absolutely no say in where he decides to go. The only exception is in Cleveland where they don’t have enough cap room to straight up sign him. He would need to be resigned with Toronto and traded to Cleveland in that case. If he decides to go to any city with enough cap room for him, Toronto has absolutely no say.

  9. EZ - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    JG & MJ, Chris Bosh is NOT under contract with Toronto. They have absolutely no say in where he decides to go. The only exception is in Cleveland where they don’t have enough cap room to straight up sign him. He would need to be resigned with Toronto and traded to Cleveland in that case. If he decides to go to any city with enough cap room for him, Toronto has absolutely no say.

  10. Nik - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Yeah, Bosh would still have to agree to sign with Cleveland in a S&T. He has the final say on where he wants to go.

  11. Nik - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Yeah, Bosh would still have to agree to sign with Cleveland in a S&T. He has the final say on where he wants to go.

  12. RJ - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Raptors have no say except that a sign and trade would put another $30 mil in Bosh’s pocket and he’s not a huge endorsement guy. Bosh is going to want that $30 mil. Dismissing that fact is ignorant.
    Miami may be a good fit but we are talking huge dollars. Cavs only team that have $$$, ammunition for a sign & trade and the best chance of winning championships immediately (assuming LBJ resigns). If that happens, expect Cleveland to be the top option for Bosh.

  13. JA - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    2 players, 3 first round picks and $3mil for one player? You must be smoking something because nobody is worth that, especially when you can get a comparable player who is a free agent without giving up a thing except a 5 yr/$100 mil contract to the new guy.

  14. Jorge - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    If Lebron can’t win anywhere else his “brand” will dimish regardless.

  15. Randall - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Toronto has plenty of say, if Bosh wants his extra 30mil. He’s free to go anywhere he wants, but that extra year/cash isn’t free.

  16. Brats - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Been to both.
    I’ll take Cleveland.

  17. Nick - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    The Raptors have ok’ed the deal to Cleveland, and in that case I highly doubt Bosh is going to leave 30 million on the table to sign with Miami. I dont care about income taxes and whatever else, Bosh would rather have a 6 year 129 million deal over a 5 year 96 million deal. And the Raptors have declined a sign and trade with Miami, so unfortunately, Wade, probably the best championship caliber player of anyone, would be without Bosh. That is unless Wade signs with Chicago and the Raptors work out a trade with them. That means Wade would have to play the role of Bosh going to Miami and leave 30 million on the table. It just doesnt look good for Miami. IMO they should try working on Lee and another big FA, maybe even Boozer, to join Wade in Miami. Thats a pretty good team if they put the role players around it that could still compete with Cleveland.
    Many peoples argument seems to be that the Raptors wouldnt accept a sign and trade with Bosh, but they already have OK’ed it with Cleveland, and they would get something for Bosh instead of nothing. Miami better start looking at plan B.
    I think what this FA period will come down to is what it always does, money.

  18. Joe - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Where are you getting your information from? Your source(s) are obviously better than ESPN or any other sports outlet. Nobody has reported about the Raptors okaying a deal with Cleveland or declining a deal with Miami.

  19. Royce - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Yea, everybody has forgotten about a possible Houston S&T for Bosh. The Rockets have as good or better assets to offer to Toronto, i think Scola/Ariza/Battier are better than Varejao/Hickson/West or at least comparable. Not to mention, it’s got the warm climate (like miami), no state income tax (like florida) and the dude’s from Texas. Sure it doesn’t have the same glamorous alure as south beach, but he would be playing on prolly the biggest international stage other than the lakers (a billion + chinese Yao fans).
    He would also be on a team ready to compete in a similar caliber as the cavs would be. Think about it, Yao, Bosh, Kmart and Aaron Brooks (who just won most improved mind u) would be 4 of the startin 5. Sounds pretty potent to me. We went 42-40 this year without our star player (YAO), if u think the cavs woulda gone over .500 without King LeJames U R CRAZY. Htown is ready to compete, period paragraph. Insert CB4, turn Key, DOMINATE!
    I know it’s a pipe dream that prolly won’t happen, but if Bosh wants it all: Warmth, $$$, Winning, Globalization, not to mention he’d be the #1 star on the rockets (he’d always take a back seat to James or Wade but he would shine brighter than Yao fo sho, at least in an americans eyes), THEN HTOWN HAS THE GOLDEN TICKET.
    Let the Houston hate / Rockets trash talk begin, but y’all know it makes sense.

  20. Josh - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    *errrrr* Let’s get it straight: Nobody is going to “choose” Chicago. LoL.
    Remember the years before Jordan, Pippen and Phil in Chicago? The Bulls sucked for like 100 straight years, and the first title their was unbelievable, literally. Now were more than 10 years into the NEXT 100 years, and, uhhhh, maybe in the year 2100 the Bulls might win another title, maybe. LoL the Bulls even turned down a possible Kobe Bryant trade a few years ago. They somehow still think they are good, that they still retain some of the luster of the Jordan/Phil days. Uhhhh, no, you are basically the Clippers except you are called “The Bulls”.
    So yeah… the chance of Lebron, Bosh or Wade to Chicago is zero. Also if Bosh goes to Miami, he just takes the 5 year deal there and Toronto gets to uhhhh, yeah, and if Bosh is irritated about Toronto’s posturing, then, well, there you go. Bosh and Wade in Miami seems to be a good fit.
    Lebron in NY with Amare, or Lebron in Cleveland, seems like a good fit. No all star team anywhere, no “instant title”, no Pat Riley
    mid-season coaching comeback. New Jersey is apparently rejected, based on the comments of that Russian owner.
    *wow* New York is just set up perfectly for Lebron… if he turns that down and returns to Cleveland, look for the NBA to start pushing some other cat as the “next big thing” and Lebron just becomes something like “the current Vince Carter” or whatever.

  21. davidly - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Gotta agree with Josh. Even Wade said it. What top rung free agent in his right mind is gonna overlook what big Jer’ let little Jer’ do in ’98?
    I mean, come on. I don’t care how “old” your team is; when you’ve just won your third straight title with a core of three of the best defensive players of all time, one of them the absolute best ever to dribble a ball and put it in the hoop – how are you not gonna do what you gotta do to try and defend that championship? Even if they do get Bosh AND Wade, the Bulls ain’ goin’ nowhere.

  22. Nick - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Joe, Im referring to espn.com who is already reporting that Toronto has said they would ok a trade with cleveland and they already have the potential trade set up. Are you saying none of that is true, espn is wrong, and toronto hasnt ok’ed a trade to Cleveland? I think Ill go with what the ESPN sources have to say.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5357607
    Im not saying Bosh will for sure accept it, he may accept less money to sign with Miami as some are speculating, but I highly doubt it. 29 million is a lot to leave on the table, and what we know about free agent periods is to most players its all about the money.
    I hope not, I’d like to see Wade with Bosh, I think Wades the guy you want with the ball in his hands at the end of a game over anyone. He’s already proved he can take over an entire playoff series. If Bosh wants to win I think he goes with Wade. But even if Miami loses Bosh I still believe they can be a good team if they land Lee or Boozer, or both and some solid role players.
    it looks like New York is going to make a run at Wade now, but once again it usually comes down to money and Wade cant get the bigger contract anywhere but Miami.
    The way the reports are coming out now it seems like were steamrolling towards Bosh holding up a Cavs jersey after the sign and trade.

  23. Nick - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Like all free agency periods, a lot of the time it will come down to money. All of the for sure max contract players (James, Bosh, Wade) have a very high chance of staying where they are or going somewhere else through a S&T because thats where they get the bigger money. A player like Amare who some teams may not feel is a max player is more likely to move to a different team, who is willing to hand him max money, although playing in NY and with D’Antoni made a difference as well. Theres a high chance that Boozer and Lee will simply sign with whoever offers them the most money. Some desperate teams may hand them max money, you never know. To most players winning comes second, thats just the way it is, some players step up and take less to win but its more rare.
    Bosh is the most intriguing. Will he take the money and play in Cleveland, or will he leave 29 million on the table to nplay with Wade. And of course theres always the chance Wade could accept less money to play outside of Miami, it will be interesting to see what they decide.

  24. ron - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Yeah…New York, that is ONLY place on earth. Geez people from New York should look at a map, there is something west of New Jersey! and when is the last time the Knickerbockers won anything. They should be thrown out of the league just cause they have a name like the Kickerbockers!

  25. Maggoo - Jul 6, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    See herein lies the problem: a russian big mouth who is a sore loser, and whole bunch of people wishing the three amigos go somewhere other than Chicago.
    What everyone misses is that the real deal makers keep their mouths shut, and hence why you dont here one thing out of Reinsdorf. All these so called expert rumors are just that: rumors and rhetoric for the uninformed fan to ogle over.
    I’m no expert but all these silly “signs” mean nothing.
    Bet: Chicago captures at least one, if not two of the aforementioned Amigo’s. NEVER underestimate the savvy of management who put together 6 titles in a decade. in RECENT history !
    AMF !

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